# 8.7: Trigonometric Ratios with a Calculator

**At Grade**Created by: CK-12

**Practice**Trigonometric Ratios with a Calculator

What if you wanted to find the missing sides of a right triangle with angles of and and a hypotenuse length of 10 inches? How could you use trigonometry to help you? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to solve problems like this one.

### Watch This

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter8TrigonometricRatioswithaCalculatorA

James Sousa: Determining Trigonometric Function Values on the Calculator

### Guidance

The trigonometric ratios are not dependent on the exact side lengths, but the angles. There is one fixed value for every angle, from to . Your scientific (or graphing) calculator knows the values of the sine, cosine and tangent of all of these angles. Depending on your calculator, you should have [SIN], [COS], and [TAN] buttons. Use these to find the sine, cosine, and tangent of any acute angle. One application of the trigonometric ratios is to use them to find the missing sides of a right triangle. All you need is one angle, other than the right angle, and one side.

#### Example A

Find the trigonometric value, using your calculator. Round to 4 decimal places.

a)

b)

c)

Depending on your calculator, you enter the degree and then press the trig button or the other way around. Also, make sure the mode of your calculator is in
*
DEGREES.
*

a)

b)

c)

#### Example B

Find the value of each variable. Round your answer to the nearest tenth.

We are given the hypotenuse. Use
*
sine
*
to find
, and
*
cosine
*
to find
. Use your calculator to evaluate the sine and cosine of the angles.

#### Example C

Find the value of each variable. Round your answer to the nearest tenth.

We are given the adjacent leg to
. To find
, use
*
cosine
*
and use
*
tangent
*
to find
.

Any time you use trigonometric ratios, use only the information that you are given. This will result in the most accurate answers.

Watch this video for help with the Examples above.

CK-12 Foundation: Chapter8TrigonometricRatioswithaCalculatorB

#### Concept Problem Revisited

Use trigonometric ratios to find the missing sides. Round to the nearest tenth.

Find the length of and using sine or cosine ratios:

### Vocabulary

**
Trigonometry
**
is the study of the relationships between the sides and angles of right triangles. The legs are called

**or**

*adjacent***depending on which**

*opposite***angle is being used. The three trigonometric (or trig) ratios are**

*acute***,**

*sine***, and**

*cosine***.**

*tangent*### Guided Practice

1. What is ?

2. Find the length of the missing sides and round your answers to the nearest tenth: .

3. Find the length of the missing sides and round your answers to the nearest tenth: .

**
Answers:
**

1. Using your calculator, you should find that ?

2. Use tangent for and cosine for .

3. Use tangent for and cosine for .

### Practice

Use your calculator to find the value of each trig function below. Round to four decimal places.

Find the length of the missing sides. Round your answers to the nearest tenth.

- Find and .
- Use your knowledge of where the trigonometric ratios come from to explain your result to the previous question.
- Generalize your result to the previous two questions. If , then .
- How are and related? Explain.

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## Learning Objectives

Here you'll learn how to solve for missing sides in right triangles that are not one of the special right triangles.