May 15th, 2018, 01:13 PM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2017 From: US Posts: 111 Thanks: 6  Solve for the value of sin
Could anyone point me in the right direction of solving for the value of sin 150 degrees without using a calculator? I have to come up with an exact value, not a rounded decimal. Any help would be greatly appreciated! 
May 15th, 2018, 02:04 PM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,751 Thanks: 1401 
reference angle is 30 degrees in quad II, forming a 306090 triangle. what do you recall about the side ratios for such a triangle? 
May 16th, 2018, 02:41 AM  #3 
Math Team Joined: Jan 2015 From: Alabama Posts: 3,165 Thanks: 867 
150= 90+ 60. Now, think about an equilateral triangle. It has all thee sides the same length, s, say, and all three angle with measure 60 degrees. If you drop a perpendicular from one vertex to the opposite side, it divides the equilateral triangle into to right angles with angles 60 and 30 degrees. The hypotenuse has length s, one side has length s/2 and you can calculate the third side using the Pythagorean theorem.

May 16th, 2018, 05:43 AM  #4 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 600 Thanks: 82 
I used skeeter's diagram and my memory about side ratios in a 306090 triangle to calculate cos 30, which equals sin 150.

May 16th, 2018, 12:54 PM  #5 
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May 17th, 2018, 12:00 PM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: Oct 2013 From: New York, USA Posts: 600 Thanks: 82 
I figured out my mistake. I thought sin x = cos (180x) when it is sin x = cos (90x).


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