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

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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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Evaluating the product $\prod\limits_{k=1}^{n}\cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right)$

Recently, I ran across a product that seems interesting. Does anyone know how to get to the closed form: $$\prod_{k=1}^{n}\cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right)=-\frac{\sin(\frac{n\pi}{2})}{2^{n-1}}$$ I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Simplify $\prod_{k=1}^5\tan\frac{k\pi}{11}$ and $\sum_{k=1}^5\tan^2\frac{k\pi}{11}$

My question is: If $\tan\frac{\pi}{11}\cdot \tan\frac{2\pi}{11}\cdot \tan\frac{3\pi}{11}\cdot \tan\frac{4\pi}{11}\cdot \tan\frac{5\pi}{11} = X$ and ...
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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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How do I measure distance on a globe?

I have a $3$-D sphere of radius $R$, centered at the origin. $(x_1,y_1,z_1)$ and $(x_2,y_2,z_2)$ are two points on the sphere. The Euclidean distance is easy to calculate, but what if I were to ...
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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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Complex roots of $z^3 + \bar{z} = 0$

I'm trying to find the complex roots of $z^3 + \bar{z} = 0$ using De Moivre. Some suggested multiplying both sides by z first, but that seems wrong to me as it would add a root ( and I wouldn't know ...
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Why is it that when proving trig identities, one must work both sides independently?

Suppose that you have to prove the trig identity: $$\frac{\sin\theta - \sin^3\theta}{\cos^2\theta}=\sin\theta$$ I have always been told that I should manipulate the left and right sides of the ...
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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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Find the sum : $\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ\cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ \cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+…+$

Find the sum of the following : (i) $$\frac{1}{\cos0^\circ \cos1^\circ}+\frac{1}{\cos1^\circ\cos2^\circ} +\frac{1}{\cos2^\circ \cos3^\circ}+......+\frac{1}{\cos88^\circ \cos89^\circ}$$ I tried : ...
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A little integration paradox

The following integral can be obtained using the online Wolfram integrator $$ \int \frac{dx}{1+\cos^2 x} = \frac{\tan^{-1}(\frac{\tan x}{\sqrt{2}})}{\sqrt{2}}$$ Now assume we are performing this ...
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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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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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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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If $\alpha = \frac{2\pi}{7}$ then the find the value of $\tan\alpha .\tan2\alpha +\tan2\alpha \tan4\alpha +\tan4\alpha \tan\alpha.$

If $\alpha = \frac{2\pi}{7}$ then the find the value of $\tan\alpha .\tan2\alpha +\tan2\alpha \tan4\alpha +\tan4\alpha \tan\alpha$ My 1st approach : $\tan(\alpha +2\alpha +4\alpha) = ...
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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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Verify the identity: $\tan^{-1} x +\tan^{-1} (1/x) = \pi /2$

Verify the identity: $\tan^{-1} x + \tan^{-1} (1/x) = \frac\pi 2, x > 0$ $$\alpha= \tan^{-1} x$$ $$\beta = \tan^{-1} (1/x)$$ $$\tan \alpha = x$$ $$\tan \beta = 1/x$$ $$\tan^{-1}[\tan(\alpha + ...
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Method to find $\sin (2\pi/7)$

I just thought a way to find $\sin\frac{2π}{7}$. Considering the equation $x^7=1$ $⇒(x-1)(x^6+x^5+x^4+x^3+x^2+x+1)=0$ $⇒(x-1)[(x+\frac1 x)^3+(x+\frac1 x)^2-2(x+\frac1 x)-1]=0$ We can then get the ...
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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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The only two rational values for cosine and their connection to the Kummer Rings

I am trying to learn about Kummer Rings, and in particular what makes $n=3,4,6$ so special. (That is the Gaussian and Eisenstein integers) The only $\theta\in [0,\frac{\pi}{2}]$ which are rational ...
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Calculation of $\int_0^{\pi} \frac{\sin^2 x}{a^2+b^2-2ab \cos x} dx\;,$

Calculation of $\displaystyle \int_0^{\pi} \frac{\sin^2 x}{a^2+b^2-2ab \cos x} dx\;,$ given that $ a>b>0$ $\bf{My\; Try::}$ Let $\displaystyle I = \int_{0}^{\pi}\frac{\sin^2 ...
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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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Evaluate $\tan ^{2}20^{\circ}+\tan ^{2}40^{\circ}+\tan ^{2}80^{\circ}$

Evaluate $\tan ^{2}20^{\circ}+\tan ^{2}40^{\circ}+\tan ^{2}80^{\circ}$. Can anyone help me with this? Thank You!
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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?
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Find the value of $\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac\pi7\right) +\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac{2\pi}7\right)+\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac{4\pi}7\right)$

What is the value of $$\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac\pi7\right) +\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac{2\pi}7\right)+\textrm{cosec}^2\left(\frac{4\pi}7\right) \qquad\qquad ? $$ I tried to write ...
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factor $z^7-1$ into linear and quadratic factors and prove that $ \cos(\pi/7) \cdot\cos(2\pi/7) \cdot\cos(3\pi/7)=1/8$

Factor $z^7-1$ into linear and quadratic factors and prove that $$ \cos(\pi/7) \cdot\cos(2\pi/7) \cdot\cos(3\pi/7)=1/8$$ I have been able to prove it using the value of $\cos(\pi/7)$. Given here ...
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Find the value of $\displaystyle\sqrt{3} \cdot \cot (20^{\circ}) - 4 \cdot \cos (20^{\circ}) $

How to find the value of $$\displaystyle\sqrt{3} \cdot \cot (20^{\circ}) - 4 \cdot \cos (20^{\circ})$$ manually ?
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Proof that $\lim_{n\to\infty}{\sin{100n}}$ does not exist

How to prove that $$\lim_{n\to\infty}{\sin{100n}}$$ doesn't exist? Some possible approaches: It would be enough to find two subsequences $n_{k}$ that converge to two different numbers. But ...
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How to solve $\sin x +\cos x = 1$?

No matter how I do it, I always end up with $x = 0, 90, 270$ and $360$. All of those except $270$ is right, but I can't quite figure out how to get the $270$ degrees out of the answer. I've tried ...
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Trig integral $\int{ \cos{x} + \sin{x}\cos{x} dx }$

Assume we have: $ \int{ \cos{x} + \sin{x}\cos{x} dx } $ 2 ways to do it: Use $\sin{x}\cos{x} = \frac{ \sin{2x} }{2} $ Then $ \int{ \cos{x} + \frac{\sin{2x}}{2} dx } $ $ = \sin{x} - \frac{ cos{2x} ...
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Calculating certain functions if only certain buttons on a calculator are permitted

A calculator is broken. The only keys that work are $\sin, \cos, \tan, \cot, \arcsin, \arccos$, and $\arctan$ buttons. The original display is $0$. In this problem, we will prove that ...
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Linear combinations of sine and cosine

If you take a linear combination of the cosine and sine function, then the result is again a sinusoid, but with a new amplitude and phase shift. $$a \cos(\theta) + b \sin(\theta) = A \cos(\theta + ...
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How can I find the derivative of $y = \sin(\arctan x) + \tan(\arcsin x)$?

My question is, how can I solve the following derivative question? $$y = \sin(\arctan x) + \tan(\arcsin x)$$ Thanks in advance
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meaning of powers on trig functions

I always forget this, when a trig function has an exponent does that mean multiply itself or apply itself to the result recursivly? e.g. does $\sin(x)^2=\sin(x)\sin(x)$ or $=\sin(\sin(x))$? What ...
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Alternative definition of hyperbolic cosine without relying on exponential function

Ordinary trigonometric functions are defined independently of exponential function, and then shown to be related to it by Euler's formula. Can one define hyperbolic cosine so that the formula ...
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Fractional Trigonometric Integrands

$$∫\frac{a\sin x+b\cos x+c}{d\sin x+e\cos x+f}dx$$ $$∫\frac{a\sin x+b\cos x}{c\sin x+d\cos x}dx$$ $$∫\frac{dx}{a\sin x+\cos x}$$ What are the relations between the numerator in the denominator, and ...
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Ramanujan log-trigonometric integrals

I discovered the following conjectured identity numerically while studying a family of related integrals. Let's set $$ R^{+}:= \frac{2}{\pi}\int_{0}^{\pi/2}\sqrt[\normalsize{8}]{x^2 + \ln^2\!\cos x} ...
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Integral $\int_0^1\frac{\arctan^2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}\mathrm dx$

Is it possible to evaluate this integral in a closed form? $$I=\int_0^1\frac{\arctan^2x}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}\mathrm dx$$ It also can be represented as $$I=\int_0^{\pi/4}\frac{\phi^2}{\cos \phi\,\sqrt{\cos ...
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Why does $\tan^{-1}(1)+\tan^{-1}(2)+\tan^{-1}(3)=\pi$?

Playing around on wolframalpha shows $\tan^{-1}(1)+\tan^{-1}(2)+\tan^{-1}(3)=\pi$. I know $\tan^{-1}(1)=\pi/4$, but how could you compute that $\tan^{-1}(2)+\tan^{-1}(3)=\frac{3}{4}\pi$ to get this ...
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Why does this ratio of sums of square roots equal $1+\sqrt2+\sqrt{4+2\sqrt2}=\cot\frac\pi{16}$ for any natural number $n$?

Why is the following function $f(n)$ constant for any natural number $n$? $$f(n)=\frac{\sum_{k=1}^{n^2+2n}\sqrt{\sqrt{2n+2}+{\sqrt{n+1+\sqrt ...