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Trigonometry: Law of Sines
The Law of Sines can be thought of as an extension of basic right
triangle trig ratios. In each of the problems below the Law of Sines
can be used to reach a solution to the problem. However, several of
the problems, such as
Adventure
Airlines, can also be solved by just using right triangle trigonometry.
More information about the Law of Sines can be found in the
Ask Dr. Math archives. A
derivation
of the Law of Sines and an explanation of
solving
triangles using the Law of Sines are examples of what you can find when
exploring the
High School Trigonometry area of
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Additional Signals
 Lisa Lavelle

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Help locate Joey's and Erin's new friend.
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Adventure Airlines
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 1. How far from the airport does the plane need to begin its descent?
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Coordinateville
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 1. Find the angle of intersection of two roads based on given information.
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Goose Bay Mountain
 Johnson, Patnode, Desautels, Brault, Mahoney

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Using trigonometry, find the angle of takeoff needed for a plane to clear a mountain.
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How Do You Measure a Mountain?
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Find the height of a mountain based on two angles and the height of a nearby hill.
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How Large Is The Yard?
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Given three sides and two included angles, find the area of my parents' quadrilateralshaped backyard.
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Kite Construction
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Given some information about the dimensions of a kite, find its area.
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Skiing in Vermont
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. How far must you ski and what does your heading need to be for you to return to your starting point?
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Stonybrooke River Bridge
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 2. Based on given information, find the distance across a river.
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The Supermarket Shelf
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. What is the optimal shelf height in the supermarket?
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Triangles, Sines, and Areas
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Show that the area of any triangle is .5*b*c*sin(A).
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Up, Up, and Away (Part II)
 Leigh Nataro

Trig/Calc, difficulty level 3. Find the compass setting required to send a balloon on the shortest route from Honolulu, Hawaii, to Essex Junction, Vermont.
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