help me with angles of a triangle

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this is ixls that I have to do and we had a sub today and he couldn't help me wid it so here it is "One angle of a triangle measures 100°. The other two angles are in a ratio of 3:13. What are the measures of those two angles?"
asked Oct 12 in Math by Friends come and go (2,080 points)  


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You have a triangle with one angle at 100º and the other two angles have a ratio of 3:13.

You can first set variables for the 3 angles. a, b, c

a = 100  (angle you know)

b = ?

c = ?

We have 2 unknowns (b and c), so we must have at least 2 equations to solve it.

We know that the sum of all angles in any triangle is 180 degrees, so that is one equation.

Equation 1: a + b + c = 180

You also gave the ratio of 3:13 for angles b and c (the unknowns) for the other equation

Equation 2: 3/13 = b/c

Multiply both sides of the above by 'c' to get

c(3/13) = (b/c)c

The c on the right cancels and we are  left with

b = 3c/13

Next, substitute b  and a in the first equation

a + b + c = 180

a = 100

b = 3c/13

100 + 3c/13 + c = 180

subtract 100 from  both sides

3c/13 + c = 80

multiple both sides by 13 to clear the fractions

13(3c/13) + 13c = 80(13)

3c + 13c = 1040

add left side

16c = 1040

c = 1040/16

c = 65º

You can now find b using the first or second equation. The first is easier, but best to use both to check your  work.

a + b + c = 180

b = 180 - c - a

b = 180 - 65 - 100

b = 15

Second Equation Check

 3/13 =b/c

let c = 65

3/13 = b/65

b = 3(65)/13 = 15 (second check)

Answer: a = 100, b = 15, c = 65

 

answered Oct 12 by whizkid (54,430 points)  
selected Oct 12 by Friends come and go

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