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The word TRIGONOMETRY is Greek; tri means three, gon means angle and meter means to measure. Combining all these three words, we get, “three angle measure”. The logic behind this is that trigonometry involves the measurements inside a triangle, which has three angles.

Trigonometry is based upon three primary relationships within a triangle. The mnemonic** SOHCAHTOA** has been commonly used to help students memorize the associations between the sine, cosine, and tangent in a right triangle. These trigonometric identities are used to find missing components of a right triangle.

*SOH: *Sine of θ equals the Opposite side divided by the Hypotenuse

\(sin θ =\frac{Opp}{Hyp}\)

*CAH: *Cosine of θ equals Adjacent side divided by the Hypotenuse

\(cos θ =\frac{Adj}{Hyp}\)

*TOA: *Tangent of θ equals Opposite side divided by the Adjacent

\(tan θ =\frac{Opp}{Adj}\)

The Sine, cosine and tangent of some common angles are shown in the table below:

Trigonometry ratios can be expressed in terms of each other as well. The ratio of the sine of θ to the cosine of θ is equal to the tangent of θ:\(tan θ =\frac{sin θ }{cos θ }\)

You may also encounter some inverse trigonometric ratios in an ACT Math test.

- \(Cosecant.\: cosec θ =\frac{1}{sin θ }=\frac{Hypotenuse}{Perpendicular}=\frac{c}{b}\)
- \(Secant.\: sec θ =\frac{1}{cos θ }=\frac{Hypotenuse}{Base}=\frac{c}{a}\)
- \(Contagent.\: cot θ =\frac{1}{tan θ }=\frac{Base}{Perpendicular}=\frac{a}{b}\)

A.

Solution

=sin x \(\frac{1}{tanx}\; \frac{1}{sinx}\)

= \(\frac{1}{tanx}\)

=cot x

*Solved Example 2*

In the xy-plane, O is the center of the circle, and the measure of ∠AOB is \(\frac{\pi }{a}\) radians. What is the value of a? 4

A.

** Solution:** By the distance formula, the length of radius OA is \(\sqrt{(\sqrt{3})^{2}+1^{2}} = 2\)

Thus Sin(∠AOB) = 1/2 .

Therefore, ∠AOB=30° , which equals to \(30\frac{\left ( \pi \right )}{180}=\frac{\pi }{6}radians\)

Hence, the value of a is 6. T**he correct answer is B.**

We know that in a right triangle, an angle cannot be larger than 90° (as the sum of all angles is 180°). So, whenever you’ve been given an angle greater than 90° in a trigonometry problem, draw it in the coordinate plane.

- Angle 140° is the same as angle 40°, except that angle 140° is in the second quadrant
- Angles 220° and 320° are the same as angle 40°, except that angles 220° and 320° are drawn in the third and fourth quadrant respectively.

Now, when θ = 30°, sinθ is 0.5.

Now, what value of θ, will sinθ = -0.5?

In the diagram in the previous page, we can see sinθ is negative in the third and fourth quadrant, so there are two possible values of θ i.e.

θ = 180° + 30° & θ = 360° - 30°

θ = 210° & θ = 330°

Which of the following is equivalent to \(Cos\frac{(3\pi )}{10}\) ?

A.

Solution:

In order to find out what the equivalent to \(Cos (\frac{3\pi }{10})\) is, you need to change \(\frac{3\pi }{10}\) into the form \(\frac{\pi }{2}-x\) to do that, you need to set up an equation: \(\frac{3\pi }{10}=\frac{\pi }{2}-x\)

Then solve for x,

\(\frac{3\pi }{10}=\frac{\pi }{2}=x\)

\(\frac{\pi }{5}=x\)

Therefore, \(cos\frac{(3\pi )}{10}=cos(\frac{\pi }{2}-\frac{\pi }{5})=sin(\frac{\pi }{5})\)

In a right triangle, one angle measures x°, where \(sin\: x^{\circ}-\frac{4}{5}\) . What is cos(90°- x°)

Therefore, cos(90°- x°)= 4/5 or 0.8.

However, you can also solve this problem by constructing a diagram using the given information. It’s a right triangle (which it has to be to use sine/cosine), and the sine of angle x is 4/5.

If \(sin=\frac{Opposite\: Side}{Hypotenuse}\) then the opposite side is 4 long, and the hypotenuse is 5 long:

Since two of the angles of the triangle are of measure x°and 90°, the third angle must have the measure 180° − 90° − x° = 90° − x°

From the figure, cos(90°−x°), which is equal the, is also \(\frac{Adjacent\: Side}{Hypotenuse}\) or 0.8.

- The sin and cos graphs have a few similarities, while the tan graph is a bit different. For example sin and cos graphs repeat after every 2π radians, while tan graph repeats after every π radians.
- The sin and cos graphs extend horizontally, while the tan graph extends vertically.
- The tan has a special graph, as each of its periods is separated by a vertical asymptote. We know tan is a ratio of sin and cos functions. Therefore, vertical asymptote occurs at cos x=0.

- There is an amplitude of 1, because the graph extends 1 unit up and 1 unit down.
- The period is 2π because the graph repeats itself every 2π units.

- The amplitude is increased from 1 to 2,
- The period will remain the same (since nothing is getting multiplied with x).

For a function, y=sin(Bx), the formula to calculate period is: \(P=\frac{2\pi }{ \left | B \right |}\)

Therefore, the period of y = sin(3x) is \(\frac{2\pi }{3}\)

The above formula is also true for cos.

- If we have a function, \(f\left ( x \right )=cos\left ( x-\frac{\pi }{2} \right )\) then we will shift the graph of f(x)=cos(x) graph to the right by \(\frac{\pi }{2}\) units.
- If we have a function, \(f\left ( x \right )=cos\left ( x \right )+\frac{\pi }{2}\) then we will shift the graph of f(x)=cos(x) graph up by \(\frac{\pi }{2}\) units.

As done in the functions chapter, the general transformed form of a trigonometric function is:* y = A f(Bx+C) + D*

where f is any trigonometric function, A is amplitude, B is used to find the period using equation , C can be used to find the phase shift using equation \(\frac{Original\: Period}{\left | B \right |}\) and D is a vertical shift.

Changing the values of A and D bring vertical changes in the graph while changing the values of B and C will bring the horizontal changes.

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