I know that this is a really easy question, but I am looking for the answer to this question:

The area of this isosceles triangle is 5cm squared.

The angle ABC is 22 degrees.

Work out the lengths of the two equal sides of the triangle


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    $\begingroup$ Which two sides are equal? $\endgroup$ – Kenny Lau Jun 25 '16 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ If $22^\circ$ is the included angle of those equal sides, then let $r$ be the equal sides, and then we have $\dfrac12r^2\sin(22^\circ)=5$. $\endgroup$ – Kenny Lau Jun 25 '16 at 8:20
  • $\begingroup$ can you post a picture please? $\endgroup$ – Dr. Sonnhard Graubner Jun 25 '16 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ Otherwise, the included angle of the equal sides would be $180^\circ-22^\circ-22^\circ=136^\circ$, so we would have $\dfrac12r^2\sin(136^\circ)=5$. $\endgroup$ – Kenny Lau Jun 25 '16 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ I have posted a photo $\endgroup$ – user350100 Jun 25 '16 at 8:23

from $$5cm^2=\frac{1}{2}x^2\sin(22^{\circ})$$ we get $$x=\sqrt{\frac{10cm^2}{\sin(22^{\circ})}}$$ now you can take a calculator.

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  • $\begingroup$ I will try that now... $\endgroup$ – user350100 Jun 25 '16 at 8:29
  • $\begingroup$ So x=5.2? is that right? $\endgroup$ – user350100 Jun 25 '16 at 8:30
  • $\begingroup$ yes it is $$5.166688651887216543546753918323821954845281114471415318333742588216703336294167483471276050440784083$$ $\endgroup$ – Dr. Sonnhard Graubner Jun 25 '16 at 8:32

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