which best describes the triangle or the triangles, if any, that can be formed with two sides that measure 5 inches and an angle that measures 60 degrees?two different isosceles trianglesno triangle one isosceles triangle one equilateral triangle

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Answer with explanation:Suppose the two sides of triangle are, 5 inches and angle between the two sides is 60 degrees.We will use cosine formula to find third side.Let side opposite to angle having measure 60 degree, is equal to a inches.[tex]cos 60^{\circ}=\frac{b^2+c^2-a^2}{2 b c}\\\\ Β \frac{1}{2}=\frac{5^2+5^2-a^2}{2\times 5 \times 5}\\\\25=50-a^2\\\\a^2=50-25\\\\a^2=25\\\\a=\pm 5[/tex]Omitting, a= -5, because side can't be negative.So, third side = 5 cm.Means, triangle is equilateral.If angle between , two sides having measure 5 cm , is not 60 degree, then the triangle will be always Isosceles.we will sine rule to find remaining measurements.[tex]\frac{5}{\sin60^{\circ}}=\frac{5}{\sin B^{\circ}}=\frac{c}{\sin C^{\circ}}\\\\B=60^{\circ}\\\\ \text{by angle sum property of triangle}\\\\ C=60^{\circ}\\\\ \text{Side}\rightarrow c=5[/tex]In this case,also ,triangle is equilateral.Option D: one equilateral triangle