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

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On Ramanujan's Question 359

In JIMS 4, p.78, Question 359 was asked by Ramanujan. (See The Problems Submitted by Ramanujan to the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society, p. 9, by Bruce Berndt, et al.) If, $$\sin(x+y) = 2\...
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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 find this value: $\sum_{i_1=1}^n \sum_{i_2=1}^n \cdots\sum_{i_k=1}^n \cos\frac{k(i^k_1+i^k_2+\cdots+i^k_k)}{n}$

Question: Find this value $$\sum_{i_{1} = 1}^{n}\sum_{i_{2} = 1}^{n}\cdots\sum_{i_{k} = 1}^{n} \cos\left(k\left[\vphantom{\Large A}\, i_{1}^{k} + i_{2}^{k} + \cdots +i_{k}^{k}\,\right] \over n\...
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What are the practical applications of this trigonometric identity?

On various occasions people have asked here how to prove (but that is NOT the question here) that $$ \text{if } \alpha+\beta+\gamma = \pi \text{ then } \frac{\sin(2\alpha) + \sin(2\beta) + \sin(2\...
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Tridiagonal matrix w/trigonometric eigenvalues

Let $N=2^n$ for a natural number $n$ and $B$ be the $N\times N$ square matrix of $0$'s and $1$'s $$ B=\begin{pmatrix} 0 & 1 & 0 & \ldots & 0 \\ 1 & 0 & 1 & \ldots ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\pi \frac{x}{(\sin x)^{\sin (\cos x)}}dx$

Evaluate $$\int_0^\pi \frac{x}{(\sin x)^{\sin (\cos x)}}dx$$ I tried using by parts and complex numbers along with series expansion but I was unable to find the answer. Please Help!
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Trigonometry or inequality problem

Today, I saw this question: If $x,y,z \in [0,\frac\pi 2]$, $x+y+z=\frac{3\pi}{4}$ and $\sec^2(x)\sec^2(y)\sec^2(z)=8$, calculate $E=\tan x\tan y+\tan y\tan z+\tan z\tan x$ My first thought was ...
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Integral of a gaussian function of trigonometric functions

I need help with the analytical solution of this integral: $$\int_{0}^{2\pi}\frac{1}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2\cos^{2}2\phi}}\exp{\left(-\frac{(x-c\cos\phi)^2}{a+b\cos2\phi}-\frac{(y-d\sin\phi)^2}{a-b\cos2\phi}\...
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Solution set of cos(cos(cos(cos(x)))) = sin(sin(sin(sin(x))))

(I'm new here, so I hope this question hasn't come up before) A bit of motivation for the problem: It is well-known that the equations $\cos(x) = \sin(x)$, $\cos(\cos(x)) = \sin(\sin(x))$, and $\cos(\...
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Certain symmetrized product of cosines - can it be transformed into more manageable form

I am interested in the following expression: $$ F_{k_1,\ldots,k_n}(t):=\sum_{\sigma\in S_n}\cos(\sigma(1)k_1t)\cos(\sigma(2)k_2t)\cdots\cos(\sigma(n)k_nt) $$ where $k_1, \ldots, k_n$ are natural ...
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Maximal minimum for a sum of two (or more) cosines

Please prove (or disprove, and give the correct answer): $$2 =\mathrm{argmax}_{r\geq 1}\min_{x\in \mathbb{R}}\left[\cos\left(x\right)+\cos\left(rx\right)\right] $$ In other words, find $r \geq 1$, ...
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The minimum of $I_{n,k}=\int_0^{2\pi}\sqrt{3+2\cos(nx)+2\cos(kx)+2\cos(nx+kx)}dx$ is attained for $k=n$

I have the following conjecture: ``For each given $n\in\mathbb{N},\ n\ge 2$ the minimum of the sequence of integrals $I_{n,k}=\int_0^{2\pi}\sqrt{3+2\cos(nx)+2\cos(kx)+2\cos(nx+kx)}dx,\ k=1,2,\dots,n$ ...
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Condition for trigonometric inequality

I want to prove the following statement: Suppose $\frac{1}{4}(\cos(\theta_1)+\cos(\theta_2))^2+\lambda^2(a\sin(\theta_1)+b\sin(\theta_2))^2\leq 1$ holds for all $\theta_1,\theta_2\in[-\pi,\pi]$, then ...
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Rational multiples of $\pi/2$ whose sines are also rational

Let $f(x)=\sin(x\frac{\pi}{2})$. Let $R$ the set of $x$ such that : $0\le x\le 1$ $x \in \mathbb Q$ $f(x) \in \mathbb Q$ Hence, $0\in R$ as $f(0)=0$. $1\in R$ as f(1)=1. And $\frac{1}{3}\in R$ as $...
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Nasty Integral - Closed form solution?

Any suggestions on how to integrate this beast?: $$\int_0^{\omega_t}\int_{\omega_t}^f\sin^2(\omega_{12}/2)\sin^2(\omega_{23}/2)d\omega_{23}d\omega_{12}$$ where: $f{} = 2\pi+2\tan^{-1}(y,x)$ $y = -...
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Probability that the roots of a quadratic equation are real

Roots of the quadratic equation $x^2+5x+3=0$ are $4\sin^2\alpha+a$ and $4\cos^2\alpha+a$. Another quadratic equation is $x^2+px+q=0$ where $p,q\in\mathbb{N}$ and $p,q\in[1,10]$. Find the probability ...
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How do I evaluate this integral :$ \int_0^\frac{\pi}{2} [\text{chi}(\cot^2x)+\text{shi}(\cot^2x)]\csc^2(x)e^{-\csc^2(x)}dx$?

I have tried to evaluate this integral :$$ \int_0^\frac{\pi}{2} [\text{chi}(\cot^2x)+\text{shi}(\cot^2 x)]\csc^2(x)e^{-\csc^2(x)}dx $$ where, $\text{shi}(x)=\int_{0}^{x}\frac{\sinh t}{t}dt$ , $\text{...
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Inverting a somewhat complicated trig transformation

I have, for somewhat arcane reasons, the following transformation between given spherical angles $(\theta,\phi)$ (with $-\pi/2 < \theta < \pi/2$) and new angles $(\theta',\phi')$ (with $-\pi/2 &...
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Generalized Trigonometric Functions in terms of exponentials and roots of unity

I am trying to come up with generalized trigonometric functions using the exponential definition that we use today for the trig functions sine and cosine $$\sin x=\frac{e^{ix}-e^{-ix}}{2i}; \cos x =\...
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resizing rectangle within triangle

Imagine I have a parking lot that changes in width and length and in number of levels, and all of the levels need to be visible to a cctv camera at a fixed position, and I would want the camera to see ...
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Graphs of interesting integrals of the form: $\int \sin^a(x^a)\cos^a(x^a)$

Here are a few graphs of the form:- $$\int \sin^a(x^a)\cos^a(x^a)dx$$ Where $a$ is an even, positive integer. $a = 2$ $a = 4$ $a = 6$ Now, a few graphs of the form:- $$\int \sin^a(...
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A trigonometric integral with sin(cos(x)) in exponent

Evaluate: $$\int_0^{\pi} x\csc^{\sin(\cos x)}(x)\,dx$$ I honestly don't know how to deal with this case. If I apply the property $\int_a^b f(x)\,dx=\int_a^b f(a+b-x)\,dx$, I get: $$\int_0^{\pi} (\...
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Maximum and Minimum value of an inverse function

Find the maximum and minimum value of $\arcsin \left(x\right)^3+\arccos \left(x\right)^3$. given that $-1\le x\le 1$ I have solved the problem but i am just curious to know if there are any ...
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Generalized sine integral $ \int_0^\infty \sin^m(x^n)/x^p\,\mathrm dx$

I have seen that both the integrals $$ \color{black}{ \int_0^\infty \operatorname{sinc}(x^n)\,\mathrm{d}x = \frac{1}{n-1} \cos\left( \frac{\pi}{2n}\right)\Gamma \...
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Find roots of sum of sinusoids

Given this function and an initial point, find the next root: $$ \begin{align} f(t) & = -L\\ & {} + A \sin(\Theta_1 + \omega_1 t) \\ & {} +B \cos(\Theta_1 + \omega_1 t)\\ & {} - (...
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Why is the unit circle definition of trig functions not rigorous enough?

It has recently come to my attention that the usual unit circle derivation of the elementary trigonometric functions isn't considered rigorous enough. Apparently, this has to do with problems ...
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About a curious nested radical representation for $\cos 1^\circ$

I have found the following nested radical representation. By using the triple angle formula for the cosine, $\cos 3\theta$, and making $\theta = 1^\circ$, we get the cubic equation $ 4x^3-3x = \cos 3^...
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Using the IVP definition of $\cos$ and $\sin$, how can we show that $\cos^2(x)+\sin^2(x) = 1$ without any “magic”?

One way to define the exponential, hyperbolic and circular functions is to assert that they're the unique solutions to certain IVP systems: The exponential function: $$\exp'(x) = \exp(x), \qquad \...
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Why is cos at $\pi/2$ not undefined?

If the $\cos$ function is based off of the ratio of the adjacent side of Euclidean, right triangle, with fixed hypotenuse length (such as the unit circle), then how does this correspond to a defined ...
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Trigonometric Expression for $1 + \cos \alpha + \cos 2\alpha + \cdots + \cos n \alpha$ using complex numbers

This question is not a duplicate because I am asked here to use the fact that $1 + \cos \alpha + \cos 2 \alpha + \cdots + \cos n \alpha = Re (1 + z + z^{2} + \cdots + z^{n})$, where the question this ...
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Get bounding rectangle segments of a rotated rectangle (matrix?)

My problem: I have: $x$, $y$ & $\alpha$ - the aspect ratio $o$:$p$ (red rectangle) I want to have $n$ & $m$ in dependancy of $x, y, \alpha, o, p$ I tried to figure it out with ...
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Why is the infinite product of this quotient of $\sin$'s equal to $\left(\frac{3}{\pi}\right)^{2}$[SOLVED]

I was intrigued by this answer the other day, but perhaps lack a little bit of the necessary background to understand a certain step. Namely, the fact that $$\prod_{n=1}^{+\infty} \left(\frac{\sin\...
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Use Trigonometry to make a Marksman's Sight

In the Civil War, marksmen used something called a "stadia" which is nothing more than a piece of brass with a triangular hole cut out and a slide with marks of varying distances. Line your target up ...
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Rational distances from the corners of a unit square

Is there a point all of whose distances from the corners of the unit square are rational?
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Iterated circumcenters - proving collinearity and establishing distance ratios

Let $P_0, P_1, P_2$ be three points on the circumference of a circle with radius $1$, where $P_1P_2 = t < 2$. For each $i \ge 3$, define $P_i$ to be the centre of the circumcircle of $\triangle P_{...
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How prove $\root 4\of{\frac{1}{2}\sin x\cos z}+\root 4\of{\frac{1}{2}\cos x\sin z}=\root{12}\of{\sin 2y} $?

Let $\sin(x+y) = 2\sin\left(\dfrac{x-y}{2}\right)$ and $\sin(y+z) = 2\sin\left(\dfrac{y-z}{2}\right)$. How prove $\root 4\of{\frac{1}{2}\sin x\cos z}+\root 4\of{\frac{1}{2}\cos x\sin z}=\root{12}\of{...
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How to solve this equation in $ \mathbb{C} $?

From a small simple calculation , we get the following formulas: $ \begin{cases} e^x = \Big( \displaystyle \sum_{n \geq 0} \frac{x^{3n}}{(3n)!} \Big) + \Big( \displaystyle \sum_{n \geq 0} \frac{x^{3n+...
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More on primes $p=u^2+27v^2$ and roots of unity

Given, $$p=u^2+27v^2=3m+1\tag1$$ and the cubic, $$x^3+x^2-mx+N=0\tag2$$ with its constant expressed in terms of $(1)$ as, $$N = \frac{1}{27}(1-3p\pm2pu)\tag3$$ and the sign $\pm u$ chosen ...
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Dealing with absolute values after trigonometric substitution in $\int \frac{\sqrt{1+x^2}}{x} \text{ d}x$.

I was doing this integral and wondered if the signum function would be a viable method for approaching such an integral. I can't seem to find any other way to help integrate the $|\sec \theta|$ term ...
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Conditions to satisfy trigonometric inequality

I'm looking for sufficient (and necessary would be good too) conditions on $a,b,c$ such that \begin{align} a\cos\phi + b \cos 3\phi + c \cos 5\phi \geq -1 \hspace{20pt} (\forall \phi) \end{align} ...
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Prove That $1/\sin(i \pi/n)+1/\sin(j \pi/n) \ne 2$ When $n$ is Odd

The original problem is: Prove that $1/\sin(i \pi/n)+1/\sin(j \pi/n) \ne 2$ when $n$ is odd. I tried, and found that although everything looks similar, I actually know nothing about this kind of ...
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Reprojecting/converting an orthographic image/grid into a cartesian grid

I'm trying to dewarp a fisheye image into a simple rectilinear image of a subset of the fisheye. As part of this, I'm trying to map the azimuth/altitude values into a point on the image. The points ...
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$\arctan$ of constant multiplied $\tan \varphi$

Helllo, I'm new here. I will try this great place to get my answer. I have a next problem: $$\vartheta = \arctan(K \tan \varphi)$$ $K > 0$ Where $K$ is a constant. If $K = 1$ then $\vartheta = \...
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how understand if a segment is inside a lissajous curve

i am a programmer and not a math guru, but i like geometry. so if i'm not accurate in math terminology or i have folly question please sorry me. i'm drawing with a programming language the lissajous ...
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How to get the distance from a top of an arm to a surface?

I am studying computer science and I am working on a project for my next semester. I am stuck with a problem and I am not that good in math. Imagine I have an "arm" shape line where it has 5 nodes <...
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Sine identity involving (3/p) for prime p greater than 3.

I am working through Ireland and Rosen's "Classical Introduction to Modern Number Theory" and am very stuck on this problem (#34 in Chp 5, 2nd edition): Note that $(a/b)$ is the Legendre symbol (or ...
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Using trig substitution, how do you solve an integral when the leading coefficient under the radical isn't 1?

I'm currently studying for my calculus exam, and i've run into a problem that has given me tons of issues. It's not one i've worked on before(or even seen before) so i'm worried if I see one on my ...
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Limit involving Summation of Trigonometric Functions

A friend of mine gave me the following question after struggling with it for quite some time: Consider a function defined as below: $$f^k (\theta) =\sum_{r=1}^n \left( \frac{\tan \left( \frac {\...
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Are these Infinite Series Representations of Special Functions?

I am not sure how to google the answer for this question. Anyway, in trying to compute the velocity of a charged particle in an electromagnetic field, I came across these two infinite series (...
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Any more of this $a\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi^n}\right)+b\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi^m}\right)=\frac{\pi}{4}$ type?

$$\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi}\right)+\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi^3}\right)=\frac{\pi}{4}$$ $$2\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi^2}\right)+\arctan\left(\frac{1}{\phi^6}\right)=\frac{\pi}{4}$$ $$3\arctan\left(...