The Cosine Rule and the Sine Rule are both used to find sides and angles in triangles that are not right angled. For the triangle below,
the Cosine Rule states
The Sine Rule states
Which rule to use depends on the combination of angles and sides you are given.
|Given three sides, use the Cosine Rule|
|Given two sides and the angle between them, use the Cosine Rule|
|Given any two angles, use the Sine Rule|
|Given two sides and an angle, if the given angle is not between the two sides, use the Sine Rule|