Right Triangle Word Problems

In this lesson I will teach you how to solve right triangle word problems.  Now just to be clear there is no one exact procedure you can take to solve every word problem- there is however some general steps we want to follow to ensure success.  Right triangle word problems will involve the use of trigonometric ratios and the Pythagorean theorem.  As such you want to review these topics and make sure you know them well before watching this lesson.  One of the smartest things you can do in solving any word problem is draw a sketch that models the problem.  You don’t have to draw a perfect picture for your sketch to have value. As long as you model the information in the problem in a neat and organized visual way then you will be one big step closer to solving the problem.  As I said you will be using trigonometric ratios to solve right triangle word problems so make sure you have a good scientific calculator.  Lastly I can’t stress how important it is to practice as many problems as you can- it’s the only way you can guarantee you have mastered the skills and concepts.

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