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Proof of the Law of Cosines

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What is the Law of Cosines?
We can use the Law of Cosines to find the length of a side or size of an angle.
For a triangle with sides a,b and c and angles A, B and C the Law of Cosines can be written as:
To find side:
\[a^2 = b^2 + c^2 - 2bc Cos A\]
We can rearrange the above formula to find angle:
\[\cos A = \frac{{{b^2} + {c^2} - {a^2}}}{{2bc}}\]

How to derive the Law of Cosines?

Trigonometry - Derivation of Law Cosines
The derivation of the Law of Cosines and then a couple of examples using it.

Mathematical Proofs:
The Cosine Rule A step by step guide as to how the Cosine rule was derived.
Law of cosines

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