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 December 18th, 2018, 07:36 AM #1 Newbie   Joined: Jan 2011 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0 Sine Rule: Can this be solved? Sorry for the bother... Yeah, it is an elliptical problem. I know I am missing data to complete the use of the Sine Rule to solve it, but I am just wondering if knowing that C+A is already a known value might help. Just I cannot see it. There are other ways to solve it, I know, but I wanted to see if it can be done with the Sine Rule.
 December 18th, 2018, 11:46 AM #2 Math Team     Joined: May 2013 From: The Astral plane Posts: 2,266 Thanks: 934 Math Focus: Wibbly wobbly timey-wimey stuff. You can't do it this way unless we know what, geometrically, D is? -Dan
 December 18th, 2018, 12:34 PM #3 Global Moderator   Joined: May 2007 Posts: 6,822 Thanks: 723 $b+c=160^o$, so you have two equations in two unknowns. Thanks from topsquark
 December 18th, 2018, 01:38 PM #4 Global Moderator   Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 20,968 Thanks: 2217 A/sin(20°) = 10/sin(b) = C/sin(c) = (13 - A)/sin(160° - b) Eliminating A gives sin(160° - b) = (13/10)sin(b) - sin(20°), which leads to b = 87.0169° approximately. Thanks from FeebleBrain and topsquark
 December 21st, 2018, 07:47 PM #5 Newbie   Joined: Jan 2011 Posts: 8 Thanks: 0 Thank you. Yes, I imagined it came down to a best estimate, I just wondered if I might have been missing something.

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