Math question - plz correct

Two airplanes leave an airport at the same time. One travels at 355km/h and the other at 450km/h. Two hrs later they are 800km apart. Find the angle between their courses.

a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bc Cos A
800^2= 450^2 + 355^2 - 2(450)(355) Cos A
640000= 202 500 + 126 025 - 319 500 Cos A
640 000-328 525 = -319 500 Cos A
311 475= -319 500 Cos A
311 475/ -319 500= Cos A
-0.9749= Cos A
167.13 = A

Can you please explain to me what is wrong with this? I checked the back of the book and the answer is suppose to be 58.17

thanks~!

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  1. A quick look finds that you missed the fact that the time the airplanes are 800km apart is 2 hours not 1 hour. The legs should be 2*355km and 2*450km.

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  2. hi, so should I multiply 202 500 and 126 025 by 2?

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  3. Actually, you would have to multiply them by 4 because they are squared. You have the right idea.
    For the legs use:
    b=2*450km=900km
    c=2*355km=710km
    This would then give you
    800^2=900^2 + 710^2 - 2(900)(710)cos(A)
    Solve for A using the same method you did before.

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  4. ohh, okay. thank you!

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  5. Glad to help!

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