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## ‍ 2 years ago Find the value of x. Round to the nearest tenth. The diagram is not drawn to scale.

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1. ParthKohli

Hello Nikko, can you use trig?

2. who is nikko and whats trig?

3. ParthKohli

Hmm... Trigonometry?

4. i thought i could figure this out using pythagoras theorem but i cant and now im stuck (i have problems remembering things)

5. Mertsj

What is the definition of the cosine of an angle?

6. ParthKohli

Hmm, I think you need to look up something on trigonometric ratios.

7. i want to know how to do it but i study and study and never remember anything helpful :( the doctor said that i have depression and it makes me block out things

8. Mertsj

My mother always said that if I would get to work, my depression would disappear.

9. i dont understand

10. Mertsj

You can easily look up the definition of cosine.

11. Mertsj

What is it?

12. give me a moment, internets slow today

13. @Mertsj all i found was something called soh cah toa and i dont know how it helps me at all

14. Mertsj

cosine Noun The trigonometric function that is equal to the ratio of the side adjacent to an acute angle (in a right-angled triangle) to the hypotenuse.

15. well i didnt know you wanted me to find that :(

16. Mertsj

That is the definition of cosine

17. Mertsj

So now, apply it to your triangle.

18. i knew that but how do i use cosine to solve this triangle

19. Mertsj

What is the acute angle that you know?

20. 24

21. cosine of 24?

22. Mertsj

What is the side adjacent to that angle?

23. 11

24. cos(24) = 11/x

25. Mertsj

Solve that.

26. Mertsj

Yep.

27. Mertsj

That was pretty easy, wasn't it?

28. thank you so much :D the only problem is that this is what happens EVERY time i have an advanced math problem is that i have to relearn it every time

29. Mertsj

The key is practice. You don't have to relearn your name every day do you? That's because you have been over it and over it until now you know it automatically and will never forget it.

30. well, my mom sent me to remedial math classes and they made me repeat over and over and it didnt work :( i started not learning things around 11 or so and the remedial class gave up on me and suggested a special education and pills for depression anxiety. what is special education

31. Mertsj

It is classes for people with learning disabilities. If I were you, I would take charge of my own self and start learning what you are supposed to learn and quit listening to all these people who are telling you that you need medicine and are depressed and all that phsycobabble.

32. medicine didnt work, i try learning what im supposed to i study for at least 4 hours at a time

33. Mertsj

Well you can obviously learn because you know how to write sentences and spell words. So don't give up on yourself and don't let others define who you are.

34. Mertsj

And quit studying for 4 hours at a time without a break.

35. i dont know because my doctor said that i "stopped" learning when i was 11 how does a person stop learning

36. then how do i study the right way

37. Mertsj

Did you stop learning?

38. Mertsj

How old are you now?

39. i cant really say how old i am lets say around 19-21

40. Mertsj

Have you learned anything in the last 10 years?

41. well all i "learned" is what i have to deal with all the time im forgetful and feel stupid and i always am sad about nothing

42. Mertsj

Do you drive a car?

43. your right i DID learn to drive a car o_- but i learned to drive a car when i was little (on our driveway and my father told me the road signs and things) weird..

44. Mertsj

No one learns to drive in a driveway. You have to drive on a road to learn to drive.

45. well i dont know then :( the doctors cant figure out whats wrong i hate the doctors, we stopped going years ago.

46. Mertsj

There's nothing wrong. Get that out of your head and get on with your life.

47. well how do i learn school things, im still in hs :(

48. i try to get on with my life but its so hard. is there something i can do to help this? i tried every remedial class in the book but i am stuck relearning things over and over

49. Mertsj

By doing all the stuff your teachers assign and more if that's what it takes to master the material. Quit focusing on learning every little thing and start trying to master the material. If you want to play the piano, it's not enough just to learn the notes. You have to master the music. Take that approach to your studies. And yes, life is hard. It was not advertised as easy.

50. i can play the piano, i can't learn geometry and algebra. i tried tutors and books and the internet and i hardly get anything out of it ever. i only learn a little bit of anything and then nothing else its like my brain is full of nothing

51. Mertsj

Stop telling yourself that it is hopeless. Sounds like you're trying to make it a self fulfilling prophecy. Quit feeding yourself all those negative thoughts. Find Jesus. He will help you.

52. I would but theres a reason i cant do that -_-

53. Mertsj

There is NO reason you can't do that. Seek and you shall find.

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