Tuesday, November 14, 2006
posted by kimberley at 6:04 p.m.
Today's class: The first 20 minutes were spent finishing our test from yesterday, "Rational Exponents & Radicals". As a reminder, our units were also due (10% deduction for everyday that it is late). Afterwards we started our new unit, which is going to be a mixture of Trigonometry and Geometry, beginning with Trigonometry.

Trigonometry is basically the computational component of geometry (to get technical), but to keep it within simpiler terms, it has to do a great deal wtih triangles and to start off our unit that is exactly what we created. In our groups, we were asked to make 3 right triangles with angles of 17degrees, 39 degrees and 54 degrees.

How do we create triangles?
let us use the example of c
reating a right triangle with a 17 degree angle.
STEP 1: On your piece of paper, use a ruler to make a straight horizontal line. (view image for further detail)

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STEP 2: Using a protractor, place the 90 degree point on one of the ends of your horizontal line.
Make a mark at the top and draw a straight vertical line going down from your mark to
the end point of your horizontal line. (vi
ew image for further detail)

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STEP 3: Place the protractor at the 90 degree point on the other end of the horizontal line. Make a
mark at the degree indicated in the instructions (in this case 17 degrees). Then draw a
line from the mark you've made to the end of the horizontal line.
(view image for further
detail)

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STEP 4: Label the vertex with its degree (which happens to be 17 degrees in this case). (view
image for further details).

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After we were done making our triangles, we labelled the sides with hypotenuse, adjacent and opposite.

REVIEW: Hypotenuse - this is always the longest side, opposite of the right angle.
Adjacent - the side next to the angle
you are refering to.
Opposite - the side opposite of the angle you are refering to .
* (depending on which angle you are refering to, the adjacent and opposite may change)

View diagram:

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The last thing we did was divide the sides as follows:
1. opposite/
hypotenuese
hypotenuese
3. opposite/
(round to 3 decimal places)

Still unsure about how to label a triangle? Then maybe this site will help, take a look.

Oh and btw, tomorrows blogger is Haiyan.