Triangles are not always right (although they are never wrong), but when they are it opens up an exciting world of possibilities. Not only are right triangles cool in their own right (pun intended), they are the basis of very important ideas in analytic geometry (the distance between two points in space) and trigonometry.
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We hate to pick favorites, but there really are certain right triangles that are more special than others. In this tutorial, we pick them out, show why they're special, and prove it! These include 30-60-90 and 45-45-90 triangles (the numbers refer to the measure of the angles in the triangle).

Learn about the relationship between the sine of an angle and the cosine of its complementary angle, which is the angle that completes to 90°.

Use the power of trigonometry in order to solve various problems that involve triangles.