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August 5th, 2018, 11:50 PM   #1
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Odd answers on solving triangles

I'm trying to figure out the length of the hypotenuse as the angle grows from 90 to 180 degrees.

However, the results I'm getting say that 180 degrees has a shorter length than 135 degrees, which is wrong.

At 180 degrees, Side + Side = Hypotenuse. (it is just a line, with two short lengths equaling the long length)

I started with side lengths of 3 and 4, but at 135 degrees, the math says the hypotenuse is 6.997, and at 180 degrees it says 6.273.

I can draw it on paper and see how wrong this is.

But as near as I can tell, I'm doing the steps right,

(b*b)+(c*c)-(2*b*c)*(cos(angle))
(3*3)+(4*4)-(2*3*4)*(cos(180))
do brackets (googling the cosine)
(9)+(16)-(24)*(-0.59846006905)
enter into calculator and get
39.3630416572
root
6.2739972630851537533570604650014

double checking the calculator
9+16-(-14.3630416572)
25-(-14.3630416572)
39....


So I'm still getting the wrong answer.

What am I missing?

I know that a triangle with no area (the angle across from the hypotenuse being 180 degrees), with the short sides of 3 and 4 has a hypotenuse of 7.

But I've done this with 135 degrees as well (90 plus 45. Also drawn and measured as shorter than 6.997), and still get an incorrect answer.
Is google wrong on the cosine, or do I need to use something different for angles over 90 degrees like with sine?
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cos(180$^\circ$) = -1. The calculator you are using is giving results for a radian measure.
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Agreed. Google seems to understand cos(180 deg), so try that instead.
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Ah, radians. Thank you.
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It's not a triangle if the length of two sides are not greater than the third side.

Triangle inequality theorem....
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Also if a triangle has an angle greater than 90 degrees, it is NOT a right triangle so does NOT have a "hypotenuse". You appear to have an obtuse triangle and are trying to determine the length of the side opposite the obtuse angle.
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It's not a triangle if the length of two sides are not greater than the third side.

Triangle inequality theorem....
Clearly you are missing the point. I'm dealing with a dynamic figure of a triangle turning into a line, basically three points connected to form a triangle and one point that moves such that it comes into line with the other two.

But a much simpler way of describing it was already given, and seemingly understood.
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