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

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How does $\cos(2\pi/257)$ look like in real radicals?

We know $\cos(2\pi/p)$ for p a Fermat prime can be expressed in real radicals. The case $p=17$ is a root of an 8th deg eqn, but can be also given as a sequence of nested radicals, $$\begin{aligned} 4\...
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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 $\textrm{cosec}^2\...
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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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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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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 $\dfrac{\cos1^{\circ}}{\sin^...
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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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Why is the range of inverse trigonometric functions defined in this way?

My question is really simple, why is the range of the $\sin^{-1}(x)$, $\cos^{-1}(x)$ and $\tan^{-1}(x)$ defined as $[-\pi/2,\pi/2]$, $[0,\pi]$ and $[-\pi/2,\pi/2]$ respectively? Is there some ...
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geometric proof of $2\cos{A}\cos{B}=\cos{(A+B)}+\cos{(A-B)}$

I have seen geometric proof of identities $$\cos{(A+B)}=\cos{A}\cos{B}-\sin{A}\sin{B}$$ and $$\cos{(A-B)}=\cos{A}\cos{B}+\sin{A}\sin{B}$$ By adding two equation, $$2\cos{A}\cos{B}=\cos{(A+B)}+\cos{(A-...
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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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How to prove $\cos 36^{\circ} = (1+ \sqrt 5)/4$?

Given $4 \cos^2 x -2\cos x -1 = 0$. Use this to show that $\cos 36^{\circ} = (1+ \sqrt 5)/4$, $\cos 72^{\circ} = (-1+\sqrt 5)/4$ Your help is greatly appreciated! Thanks
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Non-trigonometric Continuous Periodic Functions

I've seen lots of examples of periodic functions, but they all have one thing in common: They all involve at least one trigonometric term (e.g. $\sin\theta$, $\cos\theta$, etc.). My question is simple:...
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In $ \triangle ABC$ show that $ 1 \lt \cos A + \cos B + \cos C \le \frac 32$

Here is what I did, tell me whether I did correct or not: \begin{align*} y &= \cos A + \cos B + \cos C\\ y &= \cos A + 2\cos\left(\frac{B+C}2\right)\cos\left(\frac {B-C}2\right)\\ y &= \...
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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 to find the period of the sum of two trigonometric functions

I want to know if there exists a general method to find the period of the sum of two periodic trigonometric function. Example: $$f(x)=\cos(x/3)+\cos(x/4).$$
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Prove that $x - \frac{x^3}{3!} < \sin x < x$ for all $x>0$

Prove that $x - \frac{x^3}{3!} < \sin(x) < x$ for all $x>0$ This should be fairly straightforward but the proof seems to be alluding me. I want to show $x - \frac{x^3}{3!} < \sin(x) &...
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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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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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Evaluating and proving $\lim_{x\to\infty}\frac{\sin x}x$

I've just started learning about limits. Why can we say $$ \lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} \frac{\sin x}{x} = 0 $$ even though $\lim_{x\rightarrow \infty} \sin x$ does not exist? It seems like the fact ...
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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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Calculate the following infinite sum in a closed form $\sum_{n=1}^\infty(n\ \text{arccot}\ n-1)$?

Is it possible to calculate the following infinite sum in a closed form? If yes, please point me to the right direction. $$\sum_{n=1}^\infty(n\ \text{arccot}\ n-1)$$
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Do “Parabolic Trigonometric Functions” exist?

The parametric equation $$\begin{align*} x(t) &= \cos t\\ y(t) &= \sin t \end{align*}$$ traces the unit circle centered at the origin ($x^2+y^2=1$). Similarly, $$\begin{align*} x(t) &...
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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 k}}}}{\sum_{k=1}^{n^2+2n}\sqrt{\sqrt{2n+2}-{\sqrt{n+1+\...
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Some trigo identities

I aacidently found the following: $$\sin\frac{2\pi}{7}+\sin\frac{4\pi}{7}-\sin\frac{6\pi}{7}=\frac{\sqrt{7}}{2}$$ $$\sin\frac{2\pi}{11}-\sin\frac{4\pi}{11}+\sin\frac{6\pi}{11}+\sin\frac{8\pi}{11}+\sin\...
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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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Need help with calculating this sum: $\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{2^n}\tan\frac{1}{2^n}$

I need help with calculating this sum: $$\sum_{n=0}^\infty\frac{1}{2^n}\tan\frac{1}{2^n}$$
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How prove this $\tan{\frac{2\pi}{13}}+4\sin{\frac{6\pi}{13}}=\sqrt{13+2\sqrt{13}}$

Nice Question: show that: The follow nice trigonometry $$\tan{\dfrac{2\pi}{13}}+4\sin{\dfrac{6\pi}{13}}=\sqrt{13+2\sqrt{13}}$$ This problem I have ugly solution,maybe someone have nice mthods?...
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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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Showing $\tan\frac{2\pi}{13}\tan\frac{5\pi}{13}\tan\frac{6\pi}{13}=\sqrt{65+18\sqrt{13}}$

How can one show : $$\tan\frac{2\pi}{13}\tan\frac{5\pi}{13}\tan\frac{6\pi}{13}=\sqrt{65+18\sqrt{13}}?$$
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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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Simplify the sum $\sum_{n=2}^N\frac{1}{n^2}\sin^2(\pi x)\csc^2(\frac{\pi x}{n})$? - a sum shows all primes $\le N^2$

I was looking for a closed form but it seemed too difficult. Now I'm seeking help to simplify this sum. The 50 bounty points or more will be awarded for any meaningful simplification of this sum. I ...
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How to evaluate $\int_0^1 (\arctan x)^2 \ln(\frac{1+x^2}{2x^2}) dx$

Evaluate $$ \int_{0}^{1} \arctan^{2}\left(\, x\,\right) \ln\left(\, 1 + x^{2} \over 2x^{2}\,\right)\,{\rm d}x $$ I substituted $x \equiv \tan\left(\,\theta\,\right)$ and got $$ -\int^{\pi/4}_{...
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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 \frac{{16x\...
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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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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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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 http://arxiv.org/...
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Proof of an equality involving cosine $\sqrt{2 + \sqrt{2 + \cdots + \sqrt{2 + \sqrt{2}}}}\ =\ 2\cos (\pi/2^{n+1})$

so I stumbled upon this equation/formula, and I have no idea how to prove it. I don't know how should I approach it: $$ \sqrt{2 + \sqrt{2 + \cdots + \sqrt{2 + \sqrt{\vphantom{\large A}2\,}\,}\,}\,}\ =\...
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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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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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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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Reference for a tangent squared sum identity

Can anyone help me find a formal reference for the following identity about the summation of squared tangent function: $$ \sum_{k=1}^m\tan^2\frac{k\pi}{2m+1} = 2m^2+m,\quad m\in\mathbb{N}^+. $$ I ...
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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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Why aren't the graphs of $\sin(\arcsin x)$ and $\arcsin(\sin x)$ the same?

(source for above graph) (source for above graph) Both functions simplify to x, but why aren't the graphs the same?
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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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Continued fraction for $\tan(nx)$

I found this beautiful continued fraction expansion of $\tan(nx)$, $n$ being a positive integer, online but I don't remember the source now: $\displaystyle \tan(nx) = \cfrac{n\tan x}{1 -\cfrac{(n^{2} ...
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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 $\cos 3x =4\cos^3x-3\cos x$

How would I solve the following double angle identity. $$\cos 3x =4\cos^3x-3\cos x $$ I know $\,\cos 3x = \cos(2x+x)$ So know I have $\,\cos 2x +\cos x \,$ , Which is $\,(2\cos^2x-1)\cos x$ But ...
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$\cos(\arcsin(x)) = \sqrt{1 - x^2}$. How?

How does that bit work? How is $$\cos(\arcsin(x)) = \sin(\arccos(x)) = \sqrt{1 - x^2}$$
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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) = \frac{\tan\...
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For which angles we know the $\sin$ value algebraically (exact)?

For example: $\sin(15^\circ) = \frac{\sqrt{6}}{4} - \frac{\sqrt{2}}{4}$ $\sin(18^\circ) = \frac{\sqrt{5}}{4} - \frac{1}{4}$ $\sin(30^\circ) = \frac{1}{2}$ $\sin(45^\circ) = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$ $\sin(...