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Tool: Types of Triangles (Acute, Obtuse, Right) - Math Open Reference
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An interactive applet and associated web page that demonstrate the three types of triangle: acute, obtuse and right.

The applet shows a triangle that is initially acute (all angles less then 90°) which the user can reshape by dragging any vertex. There is a message changes in real time while the triangle is being dragged that tells if the triangle is an acute, right or obtuse triangle and gives the reason why. By experimenting with the triangle student can develop an intuitive sense of the difference between these three classes of triangle.

Applet can be enlarged to full screen size for use with a classroom projector. After use in the classroom, student can access it again from any web browser at home or in the library with no login required.

This resource is a component of the Math Open Reference Interactive Geometry textbook project at

Technology Type: Java Applet 
Author: John Page
Language: English 
Cost: Does not require payment for use

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Courses: Geometry Triangles, Right, Obtuse, Acute