# Help with drawing a triangle in using tikz

I'm trying to draw a triangle using TikZ. I managed to get it completed, but now I'm having trouble with getting the node to go into the body of the triangle. I've only been using TikZ for a couple of days so this basic exercise has taken much longer than I care to admit.

How would I put the node within the body?

Although this does in fact draw a triangle, would you consider it properly done? Is there a better way?

\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[gray] ++(150:2.3) -- (0,0); %hypotenuse
\draw[orange] (-2,1.15) -- (-2,0); %opposite

\draw[thin] (-0.5,0.25) arc (150:180:0.5)
node[left] {\small $30^\circ$};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}


Processing the original code:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[gray] ++(150:2.3) -- (0,0); %hypotenuse
\draw[orange] (-2,1.15) -- (-2,0); %opposite

\draw[thin] (-0.5,0.25) arc (150:180:0.5)
node[left] {\small $30^\circ$};
\end{tikzpicture}

\end{document}


and zooming the resulting object, reveals two additional problems: the arc doesn't touch the hypotenuse and the hypotenuse and the shorter cathetus don't intersect:

Both problems are due basically to the same reason: manual calculation of coordinates.

To solve the problem with the arc, I would suggest you to use clipping and an additional node to draw the circle; in this way, you solve two problems: the arc is correctly drawn in an automated way (no need to guess angles as in the other answers) and you gain finer control over the label position:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[gray] ++(150:2.3) -- (0,0); %hypotenuse
\draw[orange] (-2,1.15) -- (-2,0); %opposite
\path[clip] (0,0) -- (-2,0) -- (-2,1.15) -- cycle;
\node[circle,draw,minimum size=40pt] at (0,0) (circ) {};
\node[font=\footnotesize,left] at (circ.160) {$30^\circ$};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}

\end{document}


There's still one other detail to improve: the hypotenuse and the opposite cathetus not intersecting. This can be solved by using the intersections library to automatically do the calculation of the intersection between the prolongations of the opposite cathetus and the hypotenuse:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}
\usetikzlibrary{intersections}

\begin{document}

\begin{center}
\begin{tikzpicture}
% place coordinates at the two initial vertices
\coordinate (a) at (0,0);
\coordinate (b) at (-2,0);

% automatically calculate the third vertex
\path[name path=line 1] (-2,0) -- (-2,2);
\path[name path=line 2] (0,0) -- (150:2.4);
\path [name intersections={of=line 1 and line 2, by={c}}];

% draw the lines
\draw[gray] (a) -- (c); %hypotenuse
\draw[orange] (b) -- (c); %opposite

% draw the arc clipping a circle against the triangle and place the label
\path[clip] (a) -- (b) -- (c) -- cycle;
\node[circle,draw,minimum size=40pt] at (0,0) (circ) {};
\node[font=\footnotesize,left] at (circ.160) {$30^\circ$};
\end{tikzpicture}
\end{center}

\end{document}


As Sigur points out, you can use above left for placement. Also, I would suggest you to use scale option for sizing the contents:

\documentclass{article}
\usepackage{tikz}

\begin{document}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\begin{tikzpicture}
\draw[gray] ++(150:2.3) -- (0,0); %hypotenuse
node[ above left, scale=.7] { $30^\circ$};

• scale= was a good suggestion. Oct 27, 2012 at 23:43
Use the option node[above left]