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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsMathematics · 10 years ago

# Trig , math problem ?

Hey i'll be askin' alot of trig/ geometry questions , i have a math exam tomorrow so wish me luck , the problem is , AD is a median in triangle ABC, m <ADB= 45 degree, m <CAD=m<B find m <C

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• 10 years ago

Either my trigonometry is rusty or this is a relatively challenging problem. Good luck on your exam!

Here is how I did it, though I suspect there might be a few ways to solve the problem.

Since m<CAD = m<B and m<C = m<C, Triangle ABC is similar to Triangle DAC.

We know that m<BAC = 135 because taking advantage of these similar triangles, it corresponds to m<ADC = 180 - m<ADB = 180 - 45 = 135. (we will use this fact later).

Also, BC/AC = AC/DC because the ratios of any two pairs of corresponding sides of similar triangles should be equal.

But BC = 2 DC, because D is the midpoint of BC (since AD is a median).

Substituting, we have, 2DC/AC = AC/DC, or after cross-multiplying,

AC^2 = 2DC^2,

AC = DC (sqrt(2)).

By the Law of Sines (as applied to Triangle DAC),

AC/ sin (<ADC) = DC / sin (<DAC)

Substituting 135 for <ADC, and DC (sqrt(2)) for AC, we have

DC (sqrt(2)) / sin (135) = DC / sin (<DAC)

DC (sqrt(2)) / (sqrt(2)/2) = DC / sin (<DAC)

Cancelling DC from both sides and simplifying fractions,

2 = 1/sin (<DAC)

sin (<DAC) = 1/2

m<DAC = 30 or 150.

However, recall from earlier that we showed that m<BAC = 135. Since m<BAC = 135, m<DAC must be less than this value and so must be 30.

Since the three angles of Triangle DAC must add up to 180, we have m<C = 180 - m<ADC - m<DAC = 180 - 135 - 30 = 15 degrees.

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5 years ago

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