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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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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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Proving $2 ( \cos \frac{4\pi}{19} + \cos \frac{6\pi}{19}+\cos \frac{10\pi}{19} )$ is a root of$ \sqrt{ 4+ \sqrt{ 4 + \sqrt{ 4-x}}}=x$

How can one show that the number $2 \left( \cos \frac{4\pi}{19} + \cos \frac{6\pi}{19}+\cos \frac{10\pi}{19} \right)$ is a root of the equation $\sqrt{ 4+ \sqrt{ 4 + \sqrt{ 4-x}}}=x$?
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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 ...
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Do “imaginary” and “complex” angles exist?

During some experimentation with sines and cosines, its inverses, and complex numbers, I came across these results that I found quite interesting: $ \sin ^ {-1} ( 2 ) \approx 1.57 - 1.32 i $ $ \sin ...
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Rapid approximation of $\tanh(x)$

This is kind of a signal processing/programming/mathematics crossover question. At the moment it seems more math-related to me, but if the moderators feel it belongs elsewhere please feel free to ...
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Sine Approximation of Bhaskara

An Indian mathematician, Bhaskara I, gave the following amazing approximation of the sine (I checked the graph and some values, and the approximation is truly impressive.) $$\sin x \approx ...
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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 does e, or the exponential function, relate to rotation?

$e^{i \pi} = -1$. I get why this works from a sum-of-series perspective and from an integration perspective, as in I can evaluate the integrals and find this result. However, I don't understand it ...
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Good book recommendations on trigonometry

I need to find a good book on trigonometry, I was using trigonometry demystified but I got sad when I read this line: Now that you know how the circular functions are defined, you might wonder how ...
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A trigonometric equation

Some years ago, I came across the following question: Find the value of $\tan5°\tan55°\tan65°\tan75°$. The value is 1 and I generalized the question as follows. $\tan a°\tan b°\tan c°\tan d° ...
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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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Infinite series expansion of $\sin (x)$

Are there any other ways to demonstrate that $$\sin(x)=\sum_{k=0}^{\infty}\frac{(-1)^kx^{1+2k}}{(1+2k)!}$$ without using the definition of Taylor series of complex exponentials, and similarly for ...
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Trigo Problem : Find the value of $\sin\frac{2\pi}{7}+\sin\frac{4\pi}{7}+\sin\frac{8\pi}{7}$

Find the value of $\sin\frac{2\pi}{7}+\sin\frac{4\pi}{7}+\sin\frac{8\pi}{7}$ My approach : I used $\sin A +\sin B = 2\sin(A+B)/2\times\cos(A-B)/2 $ $\Rightarrow ...
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Exact value for $\cos 36°$

Good morning! I'm having trouble with this problem... It's just taking me forever and I'm worn out and I'm lost on how to use a double angle identity for $72=2⋅36$ The problem reads as follows An ...
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Exact values of $\cos(2\pi/7)$ and $\sin(2\pi/7)$

What are the exact values of $\cos(2\pi/7)$ and $\sin(2\pi/7)$ and how do I work it out? I know that $\cos(2\pi/7)$ and $\sin(2\pi/7)$ are the real and imaginary parts of $e^{2\pi i/7}$ but I am not ...
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What is the optimum angle of projection when throwing a stone off a cliff?

You are standing on a cliff at a height $h$ above the sea. You are capable of throwing a stone with velocity $v$ at any angle $a$ between horizontal and vertical. What is the value of $a$ when the ...
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Method of proof of $\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\tfrac{\coth n\pi}{n^7}=\tfrac{19}{56700}\pi^7$

The following formula was stated by Ramanujan: $$\sum\limits_{n=1}^{\infty}\frac{\coth n\pi}{n^7}=\frac{19\pi^7}{56700}$$ Does anybody know the method of proof of this formula? I know that typically ...
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A series expansion of $\cot (\pi z)$

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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Prove that if $x$ is a non-zero rational number, then $\tan(x)$ is not a rational number and use this to prove that $\pi$ is not a rational number.

Prove that if $x$ is a non-zero rational number, then $\tan(x)$ is not a rational number and use this to prove that $\pi$ is not a rational number. I heard that this was proved two hundred years ...
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Determine third point of triangle when two points and all sides are known?

Determine third point of triangle (on a 2D plane) when two points and all sides are known? A = (0,0) B = (5,0) C = (?, ?) AB = 5 BC = 4 AC = 3 Can someone ...
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How to calculate a heading on the earths surface?

Given an initial position and a subsequent position, each given by latitude and longitude in the WGS-84 system. How do you determine the heading in degrees clockwise from true north of movement?