Trigonometric functions (both geometric and circular), relationships between lengths and angles in triangles, and other topics relating to measuring triangles.

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How quickly we forget - basic trig. Calculate the area of a polygon

I think the easiest way to do this is with trigonometry, but I've forgotten most of the maths I learnt in school. I'm writing a program (for demonstrative purposes) that defines a Shape, and ...
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Is $\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}$ true for $m\in\mathbb N$?

Question : Is the following true for any $m\in\mathbb N$? $$\begin{align}\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}\qquad(\star)\end{align}$$ Motivation : I reached ...
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Proving $\frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{\pi}{14}} + \frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{3\pi}{14}} + \frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{5\pi}{14}} = 24$

How do I show that: $$\frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{\pi}{14}} + \frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{3\pi}{14}} + \frac{1}{\sin^{2}\frac{5\pi}{14}} = 24$$ This is actually problem B $4371$ given at this link. Looks like ...
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Ramanujan-type trigonometric identities with cube roots, generalizing $\sqrt[3]{\cos(2\pi/7)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos(4\pi/7)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos(8\pi/7)}$

Ramanujan found the following trigonometric identity \begin{equation} \sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{2\pi}7\bigr)}+ \sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{4\pi}7\bigr)}+ \sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{8\pi}7\bigr)}= ...
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Why is $\arctan(x)=x-x^3/3+x^5/5-x^7/7+\dots$?

Why is $\arctan(x)=x-x^3/3+x^5/5-x^7/7+\dots$? Can someone point me to a proof, or explain if it's a simple answer? What I'm looking for is the point where it becomes understood that trigonometric ...
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How to expand $\cos nx$ with $\cos x$?

Multiple Angle Identities: How to expand $\cos nx$ with $\cos x$, such as $$\cos10x=512(\cos x)^{10}-1280(\cos x)^8+1120(\cos x)^6-400(\cos x)^4+50(\cos x)^2-1$$ See a list of trigonometric ...
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A little more on $\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{2\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{4\pi}7\bigr)}+\sqrt[3]{\cos\bigl(\tfrac{8\pi}7\bigr)}$

Using a special case of an identity by Ramanujan, we find that given the roots $x_i$ of $$x^3 + x^2 - (3 n^2 + n)x + n^3=0\tag1$$ which, since its discriminant is negative, always has three real ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $

It's my first post here and I was wondering if someone could help me with evaluating the definite integral $$ \int_0^{\Large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $$ Thanks in ...
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Name of this identity? $\int e^{\alpha x}\cos(\beta x) \space dx = \frac{e^{\alpha x} (\alpha \cos(\beta x)+\beta \sin(\beta x))}{\alpha^2+\beta^2}$

Again: $$\int e^{\alpha x}\cos(\beta x) \space dx = \frac{e^{\alpha x} (\alpha \cos(\beta x)+\beta \sin(\beta x))}{\alpha^2+\beta^2}$$ Also the one for $\sin$: $$\int e^{\alpha x}\sin(\beta x) ...
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Fundamental Theorem of Trigonometry

This is a pretty open ended question and I apologize, in advance, if this is not the place for it. But what do you recommend should be given the title of the Fundamental Theorem of Trigonometry and ...
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Why $x<\tan{x}$ while $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$?

In proof of $\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow0}\frac{\sin{x}}{x}=1$ is assumed that $\sin{x}\leq{x}\leq\tan{x}$ while $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$. First comparison is clear, arc length must be greater ...
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Integration by parts: $\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$

I need to evaluate the following function and then check my answer by taking the derivative: $$\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$$ where $a$ is any real number and $b$ is any positive real number. I know ...
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Proving a fact: $\tan(6^{\circ}) \tan(42^{\circ})= \tan(12^{\circ})\tan(24^{\circ})$

Prove that $\tan(6^\circ)\tan(42^\circ) = \tan(12^\circ) \tan(24^\circ)$. I don't know how to approach this problem. One approach might be to note that $42-6= 24+12$, and then apply the identities ...
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Prove that $\sin^2(A) - \sin^2(B) = \sin(A + B)\sin(A -B)$

This is my attempt: $$ \begin{align} & \phantom{={}}\sin^2(A) - \sin^2(B) = \sin(A + B)\sin(A -B) \\[8pt] & = (\sin(A)\cos(B)+\cos(A)\sin(B))(\sin(A)\cos(B) - \cos(A)\sin(B)) \\[8pt] & = ...
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Principal period of $\sin\frac{3x}{4}+\cos\frac{2x}{5}$ [duplicate]

Find the principal period of $$\sin\frac{3x}{4}+\cos\frac{2x}{5}$$ It was easy to find principle when single trigonometric function is given, but i don't know how to find principal period of sum of ...
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$\sin 1^\circ$ is irrational but how do I prove it in a slick way? And $\tan(1^\circ)$ is …

In the book 101 problems in Trigonometry, Prof. Titu Andreescu and Prof. Feng asks for the proof the fact that $\cos 1^\circ$ is irrational and he proves it. The proof proceeds by contradiction and ...
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A hard definite integral with trigonometric functions

How could we get a closed form for this one? $$\displaystyle\int_{0}^{\frac{\pi }{2}}{{{x}^{2}}\sqrt{\tan x}\sin \left( 2x \right)\text{d}x}$$
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Geometric explanation of $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt 3 \approx \pi$

Just curious, is there a geometry picture explanation to show that $\sqrt 2 + \sqrt 3 $ is close to $ \pi $?
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Intuition of Addition Formula for Sine and Cosine

The proof of two angles for sine function is derived using $$\sin(A+B)=\sin A\cos B+\sin B\cos A$$ and $$\cos(A+B)=\cos A\cos B-\sin A\sin B$$ for cosine function. I know how to derive both of the ...
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A “fast” way for computing $ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $?

Which is the fastest paper-pencil approach to compute the product $$ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $$
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Explaining $\cos^\infty$

I noticed something odd while messing around on my calculator. $$\lim_{x\to \infty} \cos^x(c)=0.7390851332$$ Where $c$ is a real constant. My calculator is in radians and I got this number by simply ...
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How were Hyperbolic functions derived/discovered?

Trig functions are simple ratios, but what does Cosh, Sinh and Tanh compute? How are they related to euler's number anyway?
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Is $\tan(\pi/2)$ undefined or infinity?

The way I have understood, $0/0$ is undefined or indeterminate because, if $c=0/0$ then $c\cdot 0=0$, where $c$ can be any finite number including $0$ itself. If we also observe a fraction $F=a/b$ ...
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Proving :$\arctan(1)+\arctan(2)+ \arctan(3)=\pi$ [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does $\tan^{-1}(1)+\tan^{-1}(2)+\tan^{-1}(3)=\pi$? How to prove $$\arctan(1)+\arctan(2)+ \arctan(3)=\pi$$
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rational angles with sines expressible with radicals

An angle x is rational when measured in degrees. sin(x) is can be written using radicals. What are the conditions on x? If nested square roots are allowed? What I know so far: If sin(x) can be ...
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ArcTan(2) a rational multiple of $\pi$?

Consider a $2 \times 1$ rectangle split by a diagonal. Then the two angles at a corner are ArcTan(2) and ArcTan(1/2), which are about $63.4^\circ$ and $26.6^\circ$. Of course the sum of these angles ...
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When is $\sin x$ an algebraic number and when is it non-algebraic?

Show that if $x$ is rational, then $\sin x$ is algebraic number when $x$ is in degrees and $\sin x$ is non algebraic when $x$ is in radians. Details: so we have $\sin(p/q)$ is algebraic when ...
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Proving that $ \frac{1}{\sin(45°)\sin(46°)}+\frac{1}{\sin(47°)\sin(48°)}+…+\frac{1}{\sin(133°)\sin(134°)}=\frac{1}{\sin(1°)}$

I would like to show that the following trigonometric sum $$ \frac{1}{\sin(45°)\sin(46°)}+\frac{1}{\sin(47°)\sin(48°)}+\cdots+\frac{1}{\sin(133°)\sin(134°)}$$ ...
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Sum of the reciprocal of sine squared

I encountered an interesting identity when doing physics homework, that is, $$ \sum_{n=1}^{N-1} \frac{1}{\sin^2 \dfrac{\pi n}{N} } = \frac{N^2-1}{3}. $$ How is this identity derived? Are there any ...
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Limit, solution in unusual way

I have a problem with solution of this limit: $$\lim_{x\to 0}{\frac{\tan{x}-x}{x^2}}$$ Of course, it's a very easy to solve, using (twice) L'Hôpital's rule, but I need to find out, how to do this ...
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Solve problem of trigonometry.

Prove that $\sin\frac{\pi}{14}$ is a root of $8x^3 - 4x^2 - 4x + 1=0$. I have no clue how to proceed and tried to prove that the whole equation becomes $0$ when $\sin\frac{\pi}{14}$ is placed in ...
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Prove that $\cot^2{(\pi/7)} + \cot^2{(2\pi/7)} + \cot^2{(3\pi/7)} = 5$

Prove that $\cot^2{(\pi/7)} + \cot^2{(2\pi/7)} + \cot^2{(3\pi/7)} = 5$ . I am sure this is derived from using roots of unity and Euler's complex number function, but I am very uncomfortable in these ...
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Find the side of an equilateral triangle given only the distance of an arbitrary point to its vertices

Triangle $ABC$ is an equilateral triangle and $P$ is an arbitrary point inside it. The distance from $P$ to $A$ is $4$ and the distance from $P$ to $B$ is $6$ and the distance from $P$ to $C$ is $5$. ...
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Equivalence of the two cosine definitions

There are at least two ways to define the cosine function: You can define it with a right triangle in the unit circle and extend the definition to $\mathbb{R}$. (classic definition) The other ...
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Inequality $\sum_{1\le k\le n}\frac{\sin kx}{k}\ge 0$

Show the following inequality for any $x\in [0, \pi]$ and $n\in \mathbb{N}^*$, $$ \sum_{1\le k\le n}\frac{\sin kx}{k}\ge 0. $$ I have this question a very long time ago from a book or magazine but I ...
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Showing $\sup \{ \sin n \mid n\in \mathbb N \} =1$

how to prove $\sup \{ \sin n \mid n\in \mathbb N \} =1$
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Sine values being rational

Can $$\sin r\pi $$ be rational if $r$ is irrational? Either a direct or existence proof is fine.
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Power-reduction formula

According to the Power-reduction formula, one can interchange between $\cos(x)^n$ and $\cos(nx)$ like the following: $$ \cos^n\theta = \frac{2}{2^n} \sum_{k=0}^{\frac{n-1}{2}} \binom{n}{k} ...
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$\lim_{x\to0} \frac{x-\sin x}{x-\tan x}$ without using L'Hopital

$$\lim_{x\to0} \frac{x-\sin x}{x-\tan x}=?$$ I tried using $\lim_{x\to0} \frac{\sin x}{x}=1$. But it doesn't work :/
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How to prove Lagrange trigonometric identity [duplicate]

I would to prove that $$1+\cos \theta+\cos 2\theta+\ldots+\cos n\theta =\displaystyle\frac{1}{2}+ \frac{\sin\left[(2n+1)\frac{\theta}{2}\right]}{2\sin\left(\frac{\theta}{2}\right)}$$ given that ...
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If $\frac{\sin^4 x}{a}+\frac{\cos^4 x}{b}=\frac{1}{a+b}$, then show that $\frac{\sin^6 x}{a^2}+\frac{\cos^6 x}{b^2}=\frac{1}{(a+b)^2}$

If $\frac{\sin^4 x}{a}+\frac{\cos^4 x}{b}=\frac{1}{a+b}$, then show that $\frac{\sin^6 x}{a^2}+\frac{\cos^6 x}{b^2}=\frac{1}{(a+b)^2}$ My work: $(\frac{\sin^4 x}{a}+\frac{\cos^4 ...
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Euler angles and gimbal lock

Can someone show mathematically how gimbal lock happens when doing matrix rotation with Euler angles for yaw, pitch, roll? I'm having a hard time understanding what is going on even after reading ...
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Why does $A\sin{k(x+c)}=a\sin{kx}+b\cos{kx}$ imply that $A=\sqrt{a^2+b^2}$ and $\tan{c}=-b/a$?

I don't understand this. These identities are given in the online notes for MIT's 18.01 calculus class. It's related to taking the sum of two trig functions and transforming them into a single trig ...
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Proving trigonometric equation $\cos(36^\circ) - \cos(72^\circ) = 1/2$ [duplicate]

Please help me to prove this trigonometric equation. $\cos \left( 36^\circ \right)-\cos \left( 72^\circ \right) = \frac{1}{2}$ Thank you.
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How to remember a particular class of trig identities.

Please how can I easily remember the following trig identities: $$ \sin(\;\pi-x)=\phantom{-}\sin x\quad \color{red}{\text{ and }}\quad \cos(\;\pi-x)=-\cos x\\ \sin(\;\pi+x)=-\sin x\quad ...
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Sines and cosines of angles in arithmetic progression [closed]

Prove that if $\phi$ is not equal to $2k\pi$ for any integer $k$, then $$\sum_{t=0}^{n} \sin{(\theta + t \phi)}=\frac{\sin({\frac{(n+1)\phi}2})\sin{(\theta+\frac{n \phi}2)}}{\sin{(\frac{\phi}2)}}$$ ...
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A closed form for $\int_{0}^{\pi/2} x^3 \ln^3(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x$

We already know that \begin{align} \displaystyle & \int_{0}^{\pi/2} x \ln(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x = -\frac{7}{16} \zeta(3), \\\\ & \int_{0}^{\pi/2} x^2 \ln^2(2 \cos x)\:\mathrm{d}x = ...
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Sum of the squares of the reciprocals of the fixed points of the tangent function

The sum of the squares of the reciprocals of the positive fixed points of the tangent function is $1/10$. I've seen this proved by means of residues, but I don't remember the details. I've also ...
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Is there a limit of cos (n!)?

I encountered a problem today to prove that $(X_n)$ with $X_n = \cos(n!)$ does not have a limit (when $n$ approaches infinity). I have no idea how to do it formally. Could someone help? The simpler ...
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Trig sum: $\tan ^21^\circ+\tan ^22^\circ+…+\tan^2 89^\circ = ?$

As the title suggests, I'm trying to find the sum $$\tan^21^\circ+\tan^2 2^\circ+...+\tan^2 89^\circ$$ I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve complex numbers, or any other advanced branch in ...