This law of sines calculator is a handy tool for solving problems that include lengths of sides or angles of a triangle. We will explain the law of sines formula and give you a list of cases in which this rule can be deemed useful. Thanks to this triangle calculator, you will now be able to solve some trigonometry problems (more elaborate than using the Pythagorean theorem).
Law of sines formula
The law of sines states that the proportion between the length of a side of a triangle to the sine of the opposite angle is equal for each side:
a / sin(α) = b / sin(β) = c / sin(γ)
This ratio is also equal to the diameter of the triangle's circumcircle (circle circumscribed on this triangle).
Note that you can use this law for any triangle, also for a one that isn't a right triangle.
Law of sines application
You can transform the law of sines formulas to solve some problems of triangulation (solving a triangle). You can use them to find:
- The remaining sides of a triangle, knowing two angles and one side.
- The third side of a triangle, knowing two sides and one of the non-enclosed angles. In some cases (ambiguous cases) there may be two solutions to the same triangle. If the following conditions are fulfilled, your triangle may be an ambiguous case:
- You only know the angle α and sides a and c;
- Angle α is acute (α < 90°);
- a is shorter than c (a < c);
- a is longer than the altitude h from angle β, where
h = c * sin(α)(
a > c * sin(α)).
You can also combine these equations with the law of cosines to solve all other problems involving triangles.
Law of sines calculator - how to use it?
- Start with formulating your problem. For example, you may know two angles and one side of the triangle and be looking for the remaining sides.
- Input the known values into the appropriate boxes of this triangle calculator. Remember to double-check with the figure above whether you denoted the sides and angles with correct symbols.
- Watch our law of sines calculator perform all calculations for you!