Derive Law of Sines

Law of Sines

To derive the equation for the law of sines, observe the shared perpendicular line by two angles. The third angle can be included by repeating the process.

Steps

Take two of the angles and apply the definintion of the sine function:

This gives the two equations which share the common length of D, representing the opposite side of the right triangle.

Solve both equations for D and set them equal to eachother.

Simplifying, the result is the first part of the law of sines.

This same process can be repeated to relate the third angle.

Combined, this gives us the equation for the law of sines.

Links

Right Triangle | concept
Sine | function