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Meshu
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 Posted - 10/23/2007 :  18:51:19 Hey guys,Actually I have a problem in determining if an SSA triangle has one solution or two ... Does anyone know how to know that by looking at the given information?An example question,Solve triangle ABC if A=43.1, a=186.2 and b=248.6Thanks in advance

skeeter

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 Posted - 10/23/2007 :  19:19:07 use the law of sines and solve for sin(B) ...sin(B) = b*sin(A)/a = 0.91225...if sin(B) = 0.91225... , then angle B has two possible values, namely sin-1(.91225...) = 65.8 degrees and 180-65.8 = 114.2 degrees.both angles will work since mA + mB < 180 degrees for both values of B.If you run into a situation where mA + mB 180, then that angle value for B will not work, and you only get one possible triangle.A third possibility exists ... if sin(B) works out to be > 1, then no triangle possible.

Meshu
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 Posted - 10/24/2007 :  20:56:59 Many thanks for the information. It was very helpful and I think i understood it now ..
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