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 to prove that $\lim\limits_{x\to0}\frac{\sin x}x=1$?

How can one prove the statement $$\lim\limits_{x\to 0}\frac{\sin x}x=1$$ without using the Taylor series of $\sin$, $\cos$ and $\tan$? Best would be a geometrical solution. This is homework. In my ...
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How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in arithmetic progression?

How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in A.P (arithmetic progression) ?For example here is the sum of $\cos$ series: $$\large \sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\cos (a+k \cdot d) =\frac{\sin(n ...
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Possibility to simplify $\sum\limits_{k = - \infty }^\infty {\frac{{{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}}}{{a + k}} = \frac{\pi }{{\sin \pi a}}} $

Is there any way to show that $$\sum\limits_{k = - \infty }^\infty {\frac{{{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}}}{{a + k}} = \frac{1}{a} + \sum\limits_{k = 1}^\infty {{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}\left( ...
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How can I understand and prove the “sum and difference formulas” in trigonometry? (cos(a ± b) = …, etc.)?

The "sum and difference" formulas often come in handy, but it's not immediately obvious that they would be true. \begin{align} \sin(\alpha \pm \beta) &= \sin \alpha \cos \beta \pm \cos \alpha ...
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Prove $ \sin(A+B)\sin(A-B)=\sin^2A-\sin^2B $

How would I verify the following double angle identity. $$ \sin(A+B)\sin(A-B)=\sin^2A-\sin^2B $$ So far I have done this. $$ (\sin A\cos B+\cos A\sin B)(\sin A\cos B-\cos A\sin B) $$But I am not sure ...
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Prove that $\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$

Using n_th root of unity $$\Large\left(e^{\frac{2ki\pi}{n}}\right)^{n} = 1$$ Prove that $$\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$$
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Intuitive understanding of the derivatives of $\sin x$ and $\cos x$

One of the first things ever taught in a differential calculus class: The derivative of $\sin x$ is $\cos x$. The derivative of $\cos x$ is $-\sin x$. This leads to a rather neat (and convenient?) ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$

I am being asked to prove that $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$$ I have some progress made, but I am stuck and could use some help. What I did: ...
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How to prove this identity $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\frac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$?

How to prove this identity? $$\pi=\sum_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\dfrac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$$ I found the above interesting identity in the book $\bf \pi$ Unleashed. Does anyone knows how to ...
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When is $\sin(x)$ rational?

Obviously, there are some points (like $\pi,30$) but I am unsure if there are more. How can it be proved that there are no more points, or what those points will be? EDIT: I largely meant to ask ...
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Infinite product of sine function

How to prove the following product? $$\frac{\sin(x)}{x}= \left(1+\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1+\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) ...
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$\arcsin$ written as $\sin^{-1}(x)$

I know that different people follow different conventions, but whenever I see $\arcsin(x)$ written as $\sin^{-1}(x)$, I find myself thinking it wrong, since $\sin^{-1}(x)$ should be $\csc(x)$, and not ...
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Ways to evaluate $\int \sec \theta \, \mathrm d \theta$

The standard approach for showing $\int \sec \theta \, \mathrm d \theta = \ln |\sec \theta + \tan \theta| + C$ is to multiply by $\frac{\sec \theta + \tan \theta}{\sec \theta + \tan \theta}$ and then ...
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$\sum \cos$ when angles are in arithmetic progression [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in arithmetic progression? Prove $$\cos(\alpha) + \cos(\alpha + \beta) + \cos(\alpha + 2\beta) + \dots + ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \sin x^2\, dx$ with real methods?

I have seen the Fresnel integral $$\int_0^\infty \sin x^2\, dx = \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{8}}$$ evaluated by contour integration and other complex analysis methods, and I have found these methods to be the ...
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Prove that $\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\tan^{2}\frac{k \pi}{2n} = \frac{(n-1)(2n-1)}{3}$

How can you prove that: $$\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\tan^{2}\frac{k \pi}{2n} = \frac{(n-1)(2n-1)}{3}$$ for every integer $n\geq 1$. PS: no, it's not a homework... :-)
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Integrate $\int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{1+\tan^\alpha{x}}\,\mathrm{d}x$

Evaluate the integral $$\int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{1+\tan^\alpha{x}}\,\mathrm{d}x$$
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Different definitions of trigonometric functions

In school, we learn that sin is "opposite over hypotenuse" and cos is "adjacent over hypotenuse". Later on, we learn the power series definitions of sin and cos. How can one prove that these two ...
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Prove that $\sin(2A)+\sin(2B)+\sin(2C)=4\sin(A)\sin(B)\sin(C)$ when $A,B,C$ are angles of a triangle

Prove that $\sin(2A)+\sin(2B)+\sin(2C)=4\sin(A)\sin(B)\sin(C)$ when $A,B,C$ are angles of a triangle This question came up in a miscellaneous problem set I have been working on to refresh my ...
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Prove that $\tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C,$ $A+B+C = 180^\circ$

RTP: $\tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C,$ $A+B+C = 180^\circ$ Well, we know that $\tan(A+B) = \frac{\tan A+\tan B}{1-\tan A\tan B}$ and that $A+B = 180^\circ-C.$ Therefore $\tan(A+B) ...
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Prove the trigonometric identity $(35)$

Prove that \begin{equation} \prod_{k=1}^{\lfloor (n-1)/2 \rfloor}\tan \left(\frac{k \pi}{n}\right)= \left\{ \begin{aligned} \sqrt{n} \space \space \text{for $n$ odd}\\ \\ ...
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How to raise a complex number to the power of another complex number?

How do I calculate the outcome of taking one complex number to the power of another, ie $\displaystyle {(a + bi)}^{(c + di)}$?
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How to prove $\cos \frac{2\pi }{5}=\frac{-1+\sqrt{5}}{4}$?

I would like to find the apothem of a regular pentagon. It follows from $$\cos \dfrac{2\pi }{5}=\dfrac{-1+\sqrt{5}}{4}.$$ But how can this be proved (geometrically or trigonometrically)?
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Understanding imaginary exponents

Greetings! I am trying to understand what it means to have an imaginary number in an exponent. What does $x^{i}$ where $x$ is real mean? I've read a few pages on this issue, and they all seem to ...
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Solve trigonometric equation: $1 = m \; \text{cos}(\alpha) + \text{sin}(\alpha)$

Dealing with a physics Problem I get the following equation to solve for $\alpha$ $1 = m \; \text{cos}(\alpha) + \text{sin}(\alpha)$ Putting this in Mathematica gives the result: $a==2 ...
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A question about the arctangent addition formula.

In the arctangent formula, we have that: $$\arctan{u}+\arctan{v}=\arctan\left(\frac{u+v}{1-uv}\right)$$ however, only for $uv<1$. My question is: where does this condition come from? The ...
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How quickly we forget - basic trig. Calculate the area of a polygon

I think the easiest way to do this is with trigonometry, but I've forgotten most of the maths I learnt in school. I'm writing a program (for demonstrative purposes) that defines a Shape, and ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{l=1}^n \sum\limits _{k=1}^{n-1}\tan \frac {lk\pi }{2n+1}\tan \frac {l(k+1)\pi }{2n+1}=0$

Prove that $$\sum _{l=1}^{n}\sum _{k=1}^{n-1}\tan \frac {lk\pi } {2n+1}\tan \frac {l( k+1) \pi } {2n+1}=0$$ It is very easy to prove this identity for each fixed $n$ . For example let $n = 6$; ...
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What is the length of a sine wave from $0$ to $2\pi$?

What is the length of a sine wave from $0$ to $2\pi$? Physically I would plot $$y=\sin(x),\quad 0\le x\le {2\pi}$$ and measure line length. I think part of the answer is to integrate this: $$ ...
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Need help in proving that $\frac{\sin\theta - \cos\theta + 1}{\sin\theta + \cos\theta - 1} = \frac 1{\sec\theta - \tan\theta}$

We need to prove that $$\dfrac{\sin\theta - \cos\theta + 1}{\sin\theta + \cos\theta - 1} = \frac 1{\sec\theta - \tan\theta}$$ I have tried and it gets confusing.
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How to prove that: $\tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) = \sqrt{11}$

How can we prove the following trigonometric identity? $$\displaystyle \tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) =\sqrt{11}$$
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$\sin 1^\circ$ is irrational but how do I prove it in a slick way? And $\tan(1^\circ)$ is …

In the book 101 problems in Trigonometry, Prof. Titu Andreescu and Prof. Feng asks for the proof the fact that $\cos 1^\circ$ is irrational and he proves it. The proof proceeds by contradiction and ...
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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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How to prove those “curious identities”?

How to prove $$ \prod_{k=1}^{n-1} \sin\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right) = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$$ and $$ \prod_{k=1}^{n-1} \cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right) = \frac{\sin(\pi n/2)}{2^{n-1}}$$
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A “fast” way for computing $ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $?

Which is the fastest paper-pencil approach to compute the product $$ \prod \limits_{i=1}^{45}(1+\tan i^\circ) $$
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$\sin(A)$, where $A$ is a matrix

If $A$ is an $n\times n$ matrix with elements $a_{ij}$ $i=$i'th row, $j=$j'th column. Then $e^A$ is also a matrix as can be seen by expanding it in a power series.Is $e^A$ always convergent and ...
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showing $\arctan(\frac{2}{3}) = \frac{1}{2} \arctan(\frac{12}{5})$

I'm having problem with showing that: $$\arctan(\frac{2}{3}) = \frac{1}{2} \arctan(\frac{12}{5})$$ I would need some help in the right direction
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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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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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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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ArcTan(2) a rational multiple of $\pi$?

Consider a $2 \times 1$ rectangle split by a diagonal. Then the two angles at a corner are ArcTan(2) and ArcTan(1/2), which are about $63.4^\circ$ and $26.6^\circ$. Of course the sum of these angles ...
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Inequality $\sum_{1\le k\le n}\frac{\sin kx}{k}\ge 0$

Show the following inequality for any $x\in [0, \pi]$ and $n\in \mathbb{N}^*$, $$ \sum_{1\le k\le n}\frac{\sin kx}{k}\ge 0. $$ I have this question a very long time ago from a book or magazine but I ...
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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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Fundamental Theorem of Trigonometry

This is a pretty open ended question and I apologize, in advance, if this is not the place for it. But what do you recommend should be given the title of the Fundamental Theorem of Trigonometry and ...
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Why $x<\tan{x}$ while $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$?

In proof of $\displaystyle\lim_{x\rightarrow0}\frac{\sin{x}}{x}=1$ is assumed that $\sin{x}\leq{x}\leq\tan{x}$ while $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$. First comparison is clear, arc length must be greater ...
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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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Name of this identity? $\int e^{\alpha x}\cos(\beta x) \space dx = \frac{e^{\alpha x} (\alpha \cos(\beta x)+\beta \sin(\beta x))}{\alpha^2+\beta^2}$

Again: $$\int e^{\alpha x}\cos(\beta x) \space dx = \frac{e^{\alpha x} (\alpha \cos(\beta x)+\beta \sin(\beta x))}{\alpha^2+\beta^2}$$ Also the one for $\sin$: $$\int e^{\alpha x}\sin(\beta x) ...
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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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Show that $2\tan^{-1}(2) = \pi - \cos^{-1}(\frac{3}{5})$

Show that $2\tan^{-1}(2) = \pi - \cos^{-1}(\frac{3}{5})$ So, taking $\tan$ of both sides I get: LHS $=\frac{2\tan(\tan^{-1}(2))}{1 - \tan^2(\tan^{-1}(2))} = -\frac{4}{3}$ and RHS $= \tan(\pi - ...
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How to derive compositions of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions?

To prove: $$\sin({\arccos{x}})=\sqrt{1-x^2}$$ $$\cos{\arcsin{x}}=\sqrt{1-x^2}$$ $$\sin{\arctan{x}}=\frac{x}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}$$ $$\cos{\arctan{x}}=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}$$ ...