# A Curious Right Triangle Approximation

- Author:
- John Golden

- Topic:
- Trigonometry

This sketch visualizes the following, found at Pat Ballew's always interesting math history blog:
http://pballew.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-curious-geometry-relation-and-question.html
Hugh Worthington, “An essay on the Resolution of Plain Triangles, by Common Arithmetic.” appearing in
“A Wealth of Numbers: An Anthology of 500 Years of Popular Mathematics Writing” by Benjamin Wardhaugh.
“half the longer of the two legs added to the hypotenuse, is always in proportion to 86
as the shorter leg is to its opposite angle. ”

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