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

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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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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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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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Calculating equidistant points around an ellipse arc

As an extension to this question on equiangular fisheye distortion, how can I calculate equidistant points around an ellipse (or 1/4 segment of) given it's aspect ratio? When it's circular, I can use ...
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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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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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Limit approaching infinity of sine function

I'd like to ask a question which I have been reflecting on for some time now. What is the limit of: $f(x) = \sin(x)$ as $x$ tends to infinity? As we know, the function has a definite value for each ...
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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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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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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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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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Explicitly finding the sum of $\arctan(1/(n^2+n+1))$

This is from a GRE prep book, so I know the solution and process but I thought it was an interesting question: Explicitly evaluate $$\sum_{n=1}^{m}\arctan\left({\frac{1}{{n^2+n+1}}}\right).$$
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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$\lim_{x\to0} \frac{x-\sin x}{x-\tan x}$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Integrate $\csc^3{x} \ dx$

I found these step which explain how to integrate $\csc^3{x} \ dx$. I understand everything, except the step I highlighted below. How did we go from: $$\int\frac{\csc^2 x - \csc x \cot x}{\csc x - ...
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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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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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Clarification regarding a question

In the question in the link is it compulsory that $A+B+C=\pi$ ? If sin A +sin B+sin C = cos A+cos B+cos C=0 prove that sin 2A+sin 2B+sin 2C =cos 2A+cos 2B+cos 2C
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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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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 the derivative of sine only work for radians?

I'm still struggling to understand why the derivative of sine only works for radians. I had always thought that radians and degrees were both arbitrary units of measurement, and just now I'm ...
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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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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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How does a calculator calculate the sine, cosine ,tangent using just a number?

Sine Θ = oposite/hypotenuse Cosine Θ = adjacent/hypotenuse Tangent Θ = oposite/adjacent So in order to calculate the Sine or the cosine or the tangent I need to ...
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Why do we use the Euclidean metric on $\mathbb{R}^2$?

On the train home, I thought I would try to prove $\pi$ is irrational. I needed a definition, so I used: $\pi$ is the area of the unit circle. But what is a circle? A circle is the set of tuples ...
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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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A series expansion for $\cot (\pi z)$

How to show the following identity holds? $$ \displaystyle\sum_{n=1}^\infty\dfrac{2z}{z^2-n^2}=\pi\cot \pi z-\dfrac{1}{z}\qquad |z|<1 $$
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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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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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Is there a general formula for $\sin( {p \over q} \pi)$?

Virtually everyone knows the basic values of the unit circle, $\sin(\pi) = 0; \ \ \sin({\pi \over 2}) = 1; \ \ \sin({\pi \over 3}) = {\sqrt{3} \over 2} \\$ And other values can be calculated through ...
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A contradictory integral: $\int \sin x \cos x \,dx$

I've been thinking about integration lately, and I've come up with a question that I'm not sure how to address. Consider $$ \int \sin x\cos x \, dx = - \int -\sin x \cos x \, dx $$ I started with the ...
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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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Integral of Sinc Function Squared Over The Real Line

I am trying to evaluate $$\int_{-\infty}^{\infty} \frac{\sin(x)^2}{x^2} dx $$ Would a contour work? I have tried using a contour but had no success. Thanks. Edit: About 5 minutes after posting this ...
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Show that $\frac {\sin x} {\cos 3x} + \frac {\sin 3x} {\cos 9x} + \frac {\sin 9x} {\cos 27x} = \frac 12 (\tan 27x - \tan x)$ [duplicate]

The question asks to prove that - $$\frac {\sin x} {\cos 3x} + \frac {\sin 3x} {\cos 9x} + \frac {\sin 9x} {\cos 27x} = \frac 12 (\tan 27x - \tan x) $$ I tried combining the first two or the last ...
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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, ...