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

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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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What is the length of a sine wave from $0$ to $2\pi$?

What is the length of a sine wave from $0$ to $2\pi$? Physically I would plot $$y=\sin(x),\quad 0\le x\le {2\pi}$$ and measure line length. I think part of the answer is to integrate this: $$ ...
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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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How to prove that: $\tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) = \sqrt{11}$

How can we prove the following trigonometric identity? $$\displaystyle \tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) =\sqrt{11}$$
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A 1,400 years old approximation to the sine function by Mahabhaskariya of Bhaskara I

The approximation $$\sin(x) \simeq \frac{16 (\pi -x) x}{5 \pi ^2-4 (\pi -x) x}\qquad (0\leq x\leq\pi)$$ was proposed by Mahabhaskariya of Bhaskara I, a seventh-century Indian mathematician. I ...
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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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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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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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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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When the trig functions moved from the right triangle to the unit circle?

I have to write a paper about the unit circle and I'm trying to uncover some of its origins. Also, when the trig functions were expanded to angles greater than 90° and what was the rationale behind ...
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Something strange about $\sqrt{ 4+ \sqrt{ 4 + \sqrt{ 4-x}}}=x$ and its friends

We have the nice radical identity involving $d = 163$, $$-\sqrt{ 44- \sqrt{ 44 - \sqrt{ 44-x}}}=x,\quad\quad x = 2-2\sum_{n=1}^{27}\cos\left(\frac{2\pi\, t_1(n)}{163}\right)=-6.15824\dots$$ where ...
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How to do a very long division: continued fraction for tan

I want to compute $$\tan(r) = \cfrac{r}{1 - \cfrac{r^2}{3 - \cfrac{r^2}{5 - \cfrac{r^2}{7 - {}\ddots}}}}$$ by dividing the power series for sin and cos as it is said can be done in ...
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Machin's formula and cousins

There exists a well-known formula by John Machin: $$\frac{\pi}{4} = 4 \arctan \frac{1}{5} - \arctan \frac{1}{239}.$$ Actually, it belongs to the family of Machin-like formulas of the form ...
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Higher Order Trigonometric Function

Once in a time, I had to work with functions that have the following Taylor series expansion: $$ t_m(x)=1-\frac{x^m}{m!}+\frac{x^{2m}}{(2m)!}+\cdots =\sum_{k=0}^\infty \frac{(-1)^k x^{km}}{(km)!}. $$ ...
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What is the periodicity of the function $\sin(ax) \cos(bx)$ where $a$ and $b$ are rationals?

So, I have a general question first. What happens to the periodicity when we multiply two periodic trig functions with one another ? The next one is very specific, what is the period of the function ...
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A question by Ramanujan about a relational expression of a triangle

I found the following question in a book without any proof: Question : Suppose that each length of three edges of a triangle $ABC$ are $BC=a, CA=b, AB=c$ respectively. If $$\frac1a=\frac1b+\frac1c, ...
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Evaluate $\cos 18^\circ$ without using the calculator

I only know $30^\circ$, $45^\circ$, $60^\circ$, $90^\circ$, $180^\circ$, $270^\circ$, and $360^\circ$ as standard angles but how can I prove that $$\cos 18^\circ=\frac{1}{4}\sqrt{10+2\sqrt{5}}$$
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How do we prove $\cos(\pi/5) - \cos(2\pi/5) = 0.5$ ?.

How do we prove $\cos(\pi/5) - \cos(2\pi/5) = 0.5$ without using a calculator. Related question: how do we prove that $\cos(\pi/5)\cos(2\pi/5) = 0.25$, also without using a calculator
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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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minimum value of $\cos(A-B)+\cos(B-C) +\cos(C-A)$ is $-3/2$

How to prove that the minimum value of $\cos(A-B)+\cos(B-C) +\cos(C-A)$ is $-3/2$
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$ \tan 1^\circ \cdot \tan 2^\circ \cdot \tan 3^\circ \cdots \tan 89^\circ$

How can I find the following product using elementary trigonometry? $$ \tan 1^\circ \cdot \tan 2^\circ \cdot \tan 3^\circ \cdots \tan 89^\circ.$$ I have tried using a substitution, but nothing ...
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Calculating :$((\sqrt{3} + \tan (1^\circ)).((\sqrt{3} +\tan(2^\circ))…((\sqrt{3}+\tan(29^\circ))$

What is the easiest way to calculate : $$(\sqrt{3} + \tan (1^\circ)).((\sqrt{3} +\tan(2^\circ))...((\sqrt{3}+\tan(29^\circ)) $$
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Geometric construction of hyperbolic trigonometric functions

If we have a circle we can geometrically construct the trigonometric functions as shown. The functions all derive from sin and cos. If we say that the circle is a conic section and imagine it on the ...