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

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Finding an unknown angle

Geometry: Auxiliary Lines As shown in the figure:
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Solve $\cos^{n}x-\sin^{n}x=1$ with $n\in \mathbb{N}$.

Solve $\cos^{n}x-\sin^{n}x=1$ with $n\in \mathbb{N}$ I have no idea how to deal with this crazy question. One idea came into my mine is factorization, but I can't go on... Can anyone help me please? ...
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Evaluating $\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x}}{\sqrt{\sin x}+\sqrt{\cos x}}dx$

I have to evaluate: $$\displaystyle \int_{0}^{\frac{\pi}{2}}\frac{\sqrt{\sin x}}{\sqrt{\sin x}+\sqrt{\cos x}}dx $$ I can't get the right answer! So please help me out!
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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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Deriving the rest of trigonometric identities from the formulas for $\sin(A+B)$, $\sin(A-B)$, $\cos(A+B)$, and $\cos (A-B)$

I am trying to study for a test and the teacher suggest we memorize $\sin(A+B)$, $\sin(A-B)$, $\cos(A+B)$, $\cos (A-B)$, and then be able to derive the rest out of those. I have no idea how to get ...
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Equation of angle bisector, given the equations of two lines in 2D

I have two lines in 2D expressed with general equation (or implicit equation): First line: $a_1x+b_1y=c_1 \qquad(1)$ Second line: $a_2x+b_2y=c_2 \qquad(2)$ If the two lines are intersecting I will ...
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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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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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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} ...
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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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Find the minimum value of $|\sin x+\cos x+\tan x+\cot x+\sec x+\csc x|$ for real numbers $x$

I'm tutoring for a college math class and we're doing putnam problems next week and this one stumped me: Find the minimum value of $|\sin x+\cos x+\tan x+\cot x+\sec x+\csc x|$ for real numbers ...
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Show $1 + 2 \sum_{n=1}^N \cos n x = \frac{ \sin (N + 1/2) x }{\sin \frac{x}{2}}$ for $x \neq 0$ [duplicate]

For $x \neq 0$, $$ 1 + 2 \sum_{n=1}^N \cos n x = \frac{ \sin (N + 1/2) x }{\sin \frac{x}{2}} $$
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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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proving $\csc^2 \left( \frac{\pi}{7}\right)+\csc^2 \left( \frac{2\pi}{7}\right)+\csc^2 \left( \frac{4\pi}{7}\right)=8$

How can I prove the following identity using complex variables $$ \begin{align*} 1) & \csc^2 \left( \frac{\pi}{7}\right)+\csc^2 \left( \frac{2\pi}{7}\right)+\csc^2 \left( \frac{4\pi}{7}\right)=8 ...
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Resizing a rectangle to always fit into its unrotated space

(For those coming here looking for answers to rectangle problems it may help to see the related (and solved) question: Given a width, height and angle of a rectangle, and an allowed final size, ...
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$4 \sin 72^\circ \sin 36^\circ = \sqrt 5$

How do I establish this and similar values of trigonometric functions? $$ 4 \sin 72^\circ \sin 36^\circ = \sqrt 5 $$
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Finding $\tan t$ if $t=\sum\tan^{-1}(1/2t^2)$

I am solving this problem. If $$\sum\limits_{i=1}^{\infty} \tan^{-1}\biggl(\frac{1}{2i^{2}}\biggr)= t$$ then find the value of $\tan{t}$. My solution is like the following: I can rewrite: ...
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Finding the exact value of $\tan(\pi/5)$

Hi, I realise there has been a question already asked regarding this particular exact value, but this question requires for it to be done under different conditions, which is the part I require help ...
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Proof of $\arctan{2} = \pi/2 -\arctan{1/2}$

I am studying undergraduate complex analysis, and in my Textbook the author claimed that $$\arctan(2)=\frac{\pi}{2}-\arctan\left(\frac{1}{2}\right)$$ when he was doing an example regarding to ...
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Is there a way to solve for $x$ in $\cos^{-1}(ax) / \cos^{-1}(bx) = c$?

Is there a way to solve for $x$ in $\dfrac{\cos^{-1}(ax)}{\cos^{-1}(bx)} = c$? I guess it comes down to, are there any sine multiplication formulas I don't know about? The motivation for this is ...
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Trigonometric curiosity

How prove this $$-\tan\frac{10\pi}{41}+4\left(\sin\frac{2\pi}{41}+\sin\frac{4\pi}{41}+\sin\frac{12\pi}{41}+\sin\frac{20\pi}{41}-\sin\frac{26\pi}{41}-\sin \frac{30\pi}{41}\right)= ...
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Difficult trigonometric equation

Please, can you suggest something for solving this equation: I have to find the solutions included in interval $\left[3\pi/2, 2\pi\right]$: $$\sqrt{3\cos^2 x - \sin 2x} = - \sin x$$ This is what I ...
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Why does $\sin^{-1}(\sin(\pi))$ not equal $\pi$

And when does $\sin^{-1}(\sin(x)) = x$
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Is sin(x) necessarily irrational where x is rational?

My friend and I were discussing this and we couldn't figure out how to prove it one way or another. The only rational values I can figure out for $\sin(x)$ (or $\cos(x)$, etc...) come about when $x$ ...
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Could we show $1-(x-\dfrac{x^3}{3!}+\dfrac{x^5}{5!}-\dots)^2=(1-\dfrac{x^2}{2!}+\dfrac{x^4}{4!}- \dots)^2$ if we didn't know about Taylor Expansion?

Suppose that humanity haven't discovered Taylor Series Expansion of trigonometric functions or of any function that would help us on this. Which means we are not allowed to replace the given infinite ...
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Calculating $\sin(10^\circ)$ with a geometric method

Excuse me if this is a simple question: What is a simple geometric method for calculating $\sin(10^\circ)$ using only the sines of $30^\circ$, $45^\circ$, $60^\circ$ and $90^\circ$? Generally, is ...
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Is $f(x)=10$ a periodic function?

I am not getting satisficatory explanation for this. Clearly $f(x+T) = f(x)$ for all values of $T$. If we assume it is periodic, does this mean period = $0$?
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Showing that $ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \arctan \left( \frac{2}{n^2} \right) =\frac{3\pi}{4}$

I would like to show that: $$ \sum_{n=1}^{\infty} \arctan \left( \frac{2}{n^2} \right) =\frac{3\pi}{4}$$ We have: $$ \sum_{n=1}^N \arctan \left( \frac{2}{n^2} \right) =\sum_{n=1}^N \arctan ...
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Intuition for graphing Sine/Cosine

So I'm working my way through some basic trig (Khan Academy) - I'm trying to get a better intuition for what graphs of sine and cosine represent. I've seen the nice unit circle animations that do ...
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Solve $\sin x = 1 - x$

How would you be solve sin x = 1 - x, without drawing the graph and manually measuring the point of intersection?
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Another trigonometric proof…?

...sigh..another problem how shall I prove the following? $$ {\cot A\over1- \tan A} + {\tan A \over 1- \cot A} = 1 + \tan A + \cot A$$ so what now? the following's what I've done: $$\cot A - \cot^2 A ...
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Is $\sin^3 x=\frac{3}{4}\sin x - \frac{1}{4}\sin 3x$?

$$\sin^3 x=\frac{3}{4}\sin x - \frac{1}{4}\sin 3x$$ Is there any formula that tells this or why is it like that?
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Example of a trigonometric series that is not fourier series?

My textbook doesn't give any example of this kind of series. Could you provide some? Trigonometric series is defined in wikipedia as : $A_{0}+\sum_{n=1}^{\infty}(A_{n} \cos{nx} + B_{n} \sin{nx})$ ...
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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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Proof about $z\cot z=1-2\sum_{k\ge1}z^2/(k^2\pi^2-z^2)$

In Concrete Mathematics, it is said that $$z\cot z=1-2\sum_{k\ge1}\frac{z^2}{k^2\pi^2-z^2}\tag1$$ and proved in EXERCISE 6.73 $$z\cot z=\frac z{2^n}\cot\frac z{2^n}-\frac z{2^n}\tan\frac ...
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Solve the following definite integral: $\int_{0}^{\infty}\frac{x^2dx}{({1-x^2})^2}$

Solve the following integral: $$\int_{0}^{∞}\frac{x^2dx}{({1-x^2})^2}$$ I know that substituting some trigonometric functions may help. But I was not able to solve. Can you give me some ...
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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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How do we find specific values of sin and cos given the series definition

$\exp:x\mapsto \sum\limits_{n=0}^{+\infty}\cfrac{1}{n!}x^n$ $\cos:x\mapsto \Re\left(\exp \left(i x\right)\right)=\sum\limits_{n=0}^{+\infty}\cfrac{\left(-1\right)^n}{\left(2n\right)!}x^{2n}$ ...
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How to solve for $x$ in $x(x^3+\sin x \cos x)-\sin^2 x =0$?

How do I solve for $x$ in $$x\left(x^3+\sin(x)\cos(x)\right)-\big(\sin(x)\big)^2=0$$ I hate when I find something that looks simple, that I should know how to do, but it holds me up. I could ...
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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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Solving $E=\frac{1}{\sin10^\circ}-\frac{\sqrt3}{\cos10^\circ}$

$$E=\frac{1}{\sin10^\circ}-\frac{\sqrt3}{\cos10^\circ}$$ I got no idea how to find the solution to this. Can someone put me on the right track? Thank you very much.
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Why is $\lim\limits_{x \space \to \infty}\space{\arctan(x)} = \frac{\pi}{2}$?

As part of this problem, after substitution I need to calculate the new limits. However, I do not understand why this is so: $$\lim_{x \to \infty}\space{\arctan(x)} = \frac{\pi}{2}$$ I tried ...
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Calculate Camera Pitch & Yaw To Face Point

How do you calculate pitch & yaw for a camera so that it faces a certain 3D point? Variables Camera X, Y, Z Point X, Y, Z Current Half Solution Currently I know how to calculate the pitch, ...
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Trigonometry with multiple angle and exact value of $\tan\pi/5$

By considering the equation $\tan5\theta=0$, show that the exact value of $\tan\pi/5$ is $\sqrt{5-2\sqrt{5}}$. Do I need to evaluate the multiple angle for $\tan5\theta=0$?
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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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Limit involving $(\sin x) /x -\cos x $ and $(e^{2x}-1)/(2x)$, without l'Hôpital

Find: $$\lim_{x\to 0}\ \frac{\dfrac{\sin x}{x} - \cos x}{2x \left(\dfrac{e^{2x} - 1}{2x} - 1 \right)}$$ I have factorized it in this manner in an attempt to use the formulae. I have tried to use that ...
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Formula to find the third point of triangle when two points and all sides are known?

I am writing a program in java. I looking for formula to determine the 3rd point in a triangle if the length of all sides and the coordinates of two points are known.
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Tangent half-angles and linear fractional transformations

Suppose $z=x+iy$, $x$ and $y$ are real, and $|z|=x^2+y^2=1$ so that $z=e^{i\alpha}$ for some real $\alpha$. Then for some real $\gamma$, $$ \begin{align} e^{i\gamma} = f(e^{i\alpha}) = f(z) & ...
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Prove an inequality with a $\sin$ function

$$\forall{x\in(0,\frac{\pi}{2})}\ \sin(x) > \frac{2}{\pi}x $$ I suppose that solving $ \sin x = \frac{2}{\pi}x $ is the top difficulty of this exercise, but I don't know how to think out such ...
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Solving short trigo equation with sine - need some help!

From the relation $M=E-\epsilon\cdot\sin(E)$, I need to find the value of E, knowing the two other parameters. How should I go about this? This is part of a computation which will be done quite a ...