Posted by ashley  on .
The lengths of 2 adjacent sides of a parallelogram are 42 cm and 36cm. an angle of the parallelogram is 4o degrees. Find the measure of the longest diagonal to the nearest tenth of a centimeter.

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MathMate,
The longest diagonal forms a triangle with 180°40°=140° and adjacent sides of 42 and 36 cm.
Using the cosine rule:
C²=A²+B²2ABcos(α)
=42²+36²2*42*36*cos(140°)
=1764+12963024(.766044443)
=5376.52 approx.
C=sqrt(5376.52)
=73.32 cm (approx.)