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

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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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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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Picture/intuitive proof of $\cos(3 \theta) = 4 \cos^3(\theta)-3\cos(\theta)$?

Is there a nice geometric, intuitive or picture proof as to why the easily algebraically provable identity $\cos(3 \theta) = 4 \cos^3(\theta)-3\cos(\theta)$ is true? Note I'm not looking for a ...
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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 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?
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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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Proving: $\cos A \cdot \cos 2A \cdot \cos 2^{2}A \cdot \cos 2^{3}A … \cos 2^{n-1}A = \frac { \sin 2^n A}{ 2^n \sin A } $

$$\cos A \cdot \cos 2A \cdot \cos 2^{2}A \cdot \cos 2^{3}A ... \cos 2^{n-1}A = \frac { \sin 2^n A}{ 2^n \sin A } $$ I am very much inquisitive to see how this trigonometrical identity can be ...
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If $\sin(a)\sin(b)\sin(c)+\cos(a)\cos(b)=1$ then find the value of $\sin(c)$

If $$\sin(a)\sin(b)\sin(c)+\cos(a)\cos(b)=1,$$;where abc are the angles of the triangle.! then find the value of $\sin(c)$. By trial and error put this triangle as right angled isosceles and got the ...
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Product of Sine: $\prod_{i=1}^n\sin x_i=k$

From the article Products of Sines, we have $\sin 15^\circ\sin75^\circ=\sin 18^\circ\sin54^\circ=\frac{1}{4}$. We can rewrite this as $\sin \frac{\pi}{12}\sin\frac{5\pi}{12}=\sin ...
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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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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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Trigonometric Equation $\sin x=\tan\frac{\pi}{15}\tan\frac{4\pi}{15}\tan\frac{3\pi}{10}\tan\frac{6\pi}{15}$

How can I solve this trigonometric equation? $$\sin x=\tan\frac{\pi}{15}\tan\frac{4\pi}{15}\tan\frac{3\pi}{10}\tan\frac{6\pi}{15}$$
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Trigonometry Simplification

I have to simplify and evaluate this : $$\cot(70)+4\cos(70)$$ On evaluating it the answer comes out to be $1.732$ or $\sqrt 3$ . I tried to get everything in $\sin$ and $\cos$ but it doesn't go ...
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Rigorous proof of an infinite product.

I'll give a proof of the following expansion: $$\frac{\sin x}{x} = \prod_{i=1}^{\infty} \cos \frac{x}{2^i}$$ $${\sin x} = 2 \cos \frac{x}{2}\sin \frac{x}{2}$$ $${\sin x} = 2^2 \cos \frac{x}{2}\cos ...
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Partial Fractions Expansion of $\tanh(z)/z$

I have seen the following formula in papers (without citations) and in Mathematica's documentation about Tanh[]: $$ \frac{\tanh(z)}{8z}=\sum_{k=1}^{\infty} ...
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How to find roots of $X^5 - 1$?

How to find roots of $X^5 - 1$? (Or any polynomial of that form where $X$ has an odd power.)
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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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Proof of $\arctan(x) = \arcsin(x/\sqrt{1+x^2})$

I've tried following this way, but I haven't succeeded. 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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A trigonometric identity: $(\sin x)^{-2}+(\cos x)^{-2}=(\tan x+\cot x)^2$

I've been trying to prove it for a while, but can't seem to get anywhere. $$\frac{1}{\sin^2\theta} + \frac{1}{\cos^2\theta} = (\tan \theta + \cot \theta)^2$$ Could someone please provide a valid ...
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Evaluate the limit of $\ln(\cos 2x)/\ln (\cos 3x)$ as $x\to 0$

Evaluate Limits $$\lim_{x\to 0}\frac{\ln(\cos(2x))}{\ln(\cos(3x))}$$ Method 1 :Using L'Hopital's Rule to Evaluate Limits (indicated by $\stackrel{LHR}{=}$. LHR stands for L'Hôpital Rule) ...
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Find this limit without using L'Hospital's rule

I have to find this limit without using l'Hôspital's rule: $$\lim_{x\to 0} \frac{\alpha \sin \beta x - \beta \sin \alpha x}{x^2 \sin \alpha x}$$ Using L'Hôspital's rule gives: ...
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Given that $\;\sin^3x\sin3x = \sum^n_{m=0}C_m\cos mx\,,\; C_n \neq 0\;$ is an identity . Find the value of n.

Problem : Given that $\sin^3 x \sin 3x = \sum^n_{m=0}C_m \cos mx, C_n \neq 0 $ is an identity. Find the value of n. I tried : $\sin3x = 3\sin x - 4\sin^3 x$ but unable to reach to any point.... ...
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Mean Value Theorem: $\frac{2}{\pi}<\frac{\sin x}{x}<1$

I need to show that $\dfrac{2}{\pi}<\dfrac{\sin(x)}{x}<1$ for $0<x<\dfrac{\pi}{2}$. I know I need to use the mean value theorem, would I just say that since $f$ is continuous in the ...
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Relationship among $A,B,C,D$ for $\cos A\cos B=\cos C\cos D$

While solving this Question, I could derive the following: As $\displaystyle 2\cos A\cos B=\cos(A-B)+\cos(A+B)$ substituting $A+B=90^\circ\iff B=90^\circ-A$ we get $\displaystyle 2\cos ...
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How to derive inverse hyperbolic trigonometric functions

$e^{i\theta}=\cos\theta + i\sin \theta$ $e^{i\sin^{-1}x}=\cos(\sin^{-1}x)+i\sin(\sin^{-1}x)$ $i\sin^{-1}x=\ln|\sqrt{1-x^2} + ix|$ $\sin^{-1}x=-i\ln|\sqrt{1-x^2} + ix|$ Now from here I'm kind of ...
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Problem when $x=\cos (a) +i\sin(a),\ y=\cos (b) +i\sin(b),\ z=\cos (c) +i\sin(c),\ x+y+z=0$

Problem: If $$x=\cos (a) +i\sin(a),\ y=\cos (b) +i\sin(b),\ z=\cos (c) +i\sin(c),\ x+y+z=0$$ then which of the following can be true: 1) $\cos 3a + \cos 3b + \cos 3c = 3 \cos (a+b+c)$ 2) $1+\cos ...
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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 ...
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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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How to prove $ \sin x=…(1+\frac{x}{3\pi})(1+\frac{x}{2\pi})(1+\frac{x}{\pi})x(1-\frac{x}{3\pi})(1-\frac{x}{2\pi})(1-\frac{x}{\pi})…$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: infinite product of sine function Here is an other one which is more or less what Euler did in one of his proofs. The function sinx where x∈R is zero exactly at ...
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Why is $\sin(d\Phi) = d\Phi$ where $d\Phi$ is very small?

I haven't touched Physics and Math (especially continuous Math) for a long time, so please bear with me. In essence, I'm going over a few Physics lectures, one which tries to calculate the Force ...
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Derive $\frac{d}{dx} \left[\sin^{-1} x\right] = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$

Derive $\frac{d}{dx} \left[\sin^{-1} x\right] = \frac{1}{\sqrt{1-x^2}}$ (Hint: set $x = \sin y$ and use implicit differentiation) So, I tried to use the hint and I got: $x = \sin y$ ...
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Compute $\int_0^1 \frac{\arcsin(x)}{x}dx$

$$\int_0^1 \frac{\arcsin(x)}{x}dx$$ This is a proposed for a Calculus II exam, and I have absolutely no idea how to solve it. Tried using Frullani or Lobachevsky integrals, or beta and gamma ...
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Sum of $\cos(k x)$ [duplicate]

I'm trying to calculate the trigonometric sum : $$\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}\cos(k x)$$ This is what I've tried so far : $$\renewcommand\Re{\operatorname{Re}} \begin{align*} \sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}\cos(k x) ...
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How do you plot the graph of $y = \sin(x)+\cos(x)$ by converting it to another form?

Are there any trigonometric identity that can make it easier to plot?? I have no idea how it becomes a sin graph shape in the end.
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How to simpify $\cos x - \sin x$

How does one simplify $$\cos x - \sin x$$ I tried multiplying by $\cos x + \sin x$, but that just gets me $$\cos x - \sin x = \frac{\cos 2x}{\cos x + \sin x}$$ which is worse. Yet ...
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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, ...
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Prove that $x^2<\sin x \tan x$ as $x \to 0$ [duplicate]

$$x^2<\sin x \tan x \quad as \; x \to 0$$ I made the substitution $x \to \arctan x$ . $\arctan^2 x<x\sin (\arctan x)$ $\arctan x < \large \frac{x}{(x^2+1)^{\frac 14}}$ There are two ...
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Prove an inequality with a $\sin$ function: $\sin(x) > \frac2\pi x$ for $0<x<\frac\pi2$

$$\forall{x\in(0,\frac{\pi}{2})}\ \sin(x) > \frac{2}{\pi}x $$ 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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Sequence of solutions to $x\sin x=1$

Moderator Note: At the time that this question was posted, it was from an ongoing contest. The relevant deadline has now passed. Consider a sequence $x_n, n\ge1$ formed by positive solutions to ...
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Number of iterations to reach cosine's fixed point

I was messing around with my calculator the other day when I saw something interesting happen. Whenever I repetitively took the cosine of any number, it always ended up on a particular number ...
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Convergence test of the series $\sum\sin100n$ [duplicate]

I need to prove that $$\sum_{n=1}^{\infty} {\sin{100n}} \; \text{diverges}$$ I think the best way to do it is to show that $\lim_{n\to \infty}{\sin{100n}}\not=0$. But how do I prove it?
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Help evaluating $\int_{-1/2}^{1/2}\sin^2(2^{j-1}\pi f)\prod_{i=0}^{j-2} \cos^2(2^i\pi f)$

$$\int_{-1/2}^{1/2}\sin^2(2^{j-1}\pi f)\prod_{i=0}^{j-2} \cos^2(2^i\pi f)df$$ I've tried simplifying the integrand, but I can't get to a point where I can evaluate the integral. I know ...
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How to to a better approach for this :?

If, $$x\cos A+y\sin A=k=x\cos B+y\sin B$$ Then find $(\cos A)(\cos B)$, $(\sin A)(\sin B)$ and $\cos A+\cos B$ and express them in terms of $x,y,k$ I found a solution but it included a really ...
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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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Calculate $\lim_{x\to 0}\frac{1}{x^{\sin(x)}}$

Calculate $$\lim_{x\to 0}\dfrac{1}{x^{\sin(x)}}$$ I'm pretty much clueless here, only that there is L'hospital obviously here. Would appreciate any help.
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Ambiguity of notation: $\sin(x)^2$

Several people have told me that $\sin(x)^2 = \sin(x^2)$. However, on several computing platforms, such as the TI-84 and Wolfram|Alpha, $\sin(x)^2 = \sin^2(x)$. Can I safely conclude that the notation ...
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Prove trigonometry identity for $\cos A+\cos B+\cos C$

I humbly ask for help in the following problem. If \begin{equation} A+B+C=180 \end{equation} Then prove \begin{equation} \cos A+\cos B+\cos C=1+4\sin(A/2)\sin(B/2)\sin(C/2) \end{equation} How would ...
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Differentiate $\sin \sqrt{x^2+1} $with respect to $x$?

Differentiate $$ \sin \sqrt{x^2+1} $$ with respect to $x$? Can someone please help me with question, im very lost.
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Trying to derive an inverse trigonometric function

I'd like to know how to derive these functions (I know the answers, I want to know how to get there) \begin{align*} f(x) &= \arcsin\left(\frac{x}{3}\right)\\ f(x) &= \arccos(2x+1)\\ f(x) ...