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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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how to strictly prove $\sin x<x$ for $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$

$$\sin x<x\,(0<x<\frac{\pi}{2})$$ In most textbook,to prove this inequality is based on geometry illustration(draw a circle, compare arc length and chord ),but I think that strict prove ...
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Proof for the formula of sum of arcsine functions $ \arcsin x + \arcsin y $

It is known that the following holds good: $$ \arcsin x + \arcsin y \\ \begin{align} &=\arcsin( x\sqrt{1-y^2} + y\sqrt{1-x^2}) \;\;;x^2+y^2 \le 1 \;\text{ or }\; x^2+y^2 > 1, xy< 0\\ ...
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Are $\mathrm{arccot}(x)$ and $\arctan(1/x)$ the same function?

In my textbook it asks for me to: Prove that there is no constant $C$ such that $\text{arccot}(x) - \text{arctan}(\frac{1}{x}) = C $ for all $x \ne 0$. Explain why this does not violate the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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$ \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 ...
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Solving $ \sin x + \sqrt 3 \cos x = 1 $ - is my solution correct?

I have an equation that I'm trying to solve: $$ \sin x + \sqrt 3 \cos x = 1 $$ After pondering for a while and trying different things out, this chain of steps is what I ended up with: $$ \sin x + ...
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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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How to prove a trigonometric identity

Show that $$ \tan(A)=\frac{\sin2A}{1+\cos 2A} $$ I've tried a few methods, and it stumped my teacher.
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Compute the Integral

Compute the integral. $$\int_{-\infty}^\infty \frac{x^4}{1+x^8} \, dx$$ The answer at the back of the book is $$\frac{\pi}{4\sin(\frac{3\pi}{8})}$$
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Is there a more efficient method of trig mastery than rote memorization?

I would like to get alot better at trig than I am. What is the best/most efficient method? Thanks much in advance Joe
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How to see $\sin x + \cos x$

$$\sin x + \cos x = \sqrt{2} \sin(x + \pi/4)$$ Is there an easy way to visualize this identity or to convert the left-hand side to the right-hand side? In general, can $p \sin x + q \cos x$ for ...
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Prove $\frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{2\pi}{7}} + \frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{4\pi}{7}} + \frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{6\pi}{7}} = 1.$

How can I prove the fact $$\frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{2\pi}{7}} + \frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{4\pi}{7}} + \frac{1}{4-\sec^{2}\frac{6\pi}{7}} = 1.$$ When asked somebody told me to use the ideas of ...
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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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Finite Series - reciprocals of sines

Find the sum of the finite series $$\sum _{k=1}^{k=89} \frac{1}{\sin(k^{\circ})\sin((k+1)^{\circ})}$$ This problem was asked in a test in my school. The answer seems to be ...
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How to find the exact value of $ \cos(36^\circ) $?

The problem reads as follows: Noting that $t=\frac{\pi}{5}$ satisfies $3t=\pi-2t$, find the exact value of $$\cos(36^\circ)$$ it says that you may find useful the following identities: ...
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What is the most elegant and simple proof for the law of cosines?

Given 2 sides, and an angle between those two sides, what is the simplest proof you can come up with to find the measure of the 3rd side?