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One technique to remedy the issue is to “suppose outdoors the triangle.” Rotate APC 60 levels clockwise about C so it turns into BP’C.
Assemble PP’. This creates an isosceles triangle PCP’ with a vertex angle equal to 60°. As a result of PC = P’C = 6, we are able to then remedy ∠CPP’ = ∠CP’P = 60°, so triangle PCP’ is equilateral and PP’ = 6.
Let ∠BPP’ = θ In triangle BPP’ we’ll use Al-Kashi’s regulation of cosines to get:
72 = 52 + 62 – 2(5)(6) cos θ cos θ = (52 + 62 – 72)/[2(5)(6)] cos θ = 1/5
sin θ = √(1 – (cos θ)2) sin θ = (2√6)/5
Suppose BC = s. Then in triangle BPC we’ll use we’ll use Al-Kashi’s regulation of cosines to get:
s2 = 52 + 62 – 2(5)(6) cos (θ + 60°)
We will use the cosine sum system to get:
cos (θ + 60°) = cos θ cos 60° – sin θ sin 60° cos (θ + 60°) = (1/5)(1/2) – [(2√6)/5][(√3)/2)] cos (θ + 60°) = (1 – 6√2)/10
Substituting to the equation for s2 we get:
s2 = 52 + 62 – 2(5)(6)(1 – 6√2)/10 s2 = 55 + 36√2
Then we are able to calculate the realm of an equilateral triangle from its system:
Space ABC = (s2√3)/4 Space ABC = (55/4)√3 + 9√6 ≈ 45.861
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