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to ratios of two side lengths. They are widely used in all sciences that are related to geometry
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, such as navigation, solid mechanics
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, and many others. They are among the simplest periodic function
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s, and as such are also widely used for studying periodic phenomena through Fourier analysis
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, and the tangent. Their reciprocal
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s are respectively the cosecant, the secant, and the cotangent, which are less used. Each of these six trigonometric functions has a corresponding inverse function
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, and an analog among the hyperbolic functions
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is the whole real line
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(i.e., a circle with radius
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1 unit) are often used; then the domain of the other functions is the real line with some isolated points removed. Modern definitions express trigonometric functions as infinite series
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or as solutions of differential equation
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s. This allows extending the domain of sine and cosine functions to the whole complex plane
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, and the domain of the other trigonometric functions to the complex plane with some isolated points removed.
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is the length of the side opposite the right angle, ''opposite'' represents the side opposite the given angle , and ''adjacent'' represents the side between the angle and the right angle.
In a right-angled triangle, the sum of the two acute angles is a right angle, that is, or . Therefore $\backslash sin(\backslash theta)$ and $\backslash cos(90^\backslash circ\; -\; \backslash theta)$ represent the same ratio, and thus are equal. This identity and analagous relationships between the other trigonometric functions are summarized in the following table.
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in which a right angle is 90° and a complete turn is 360° (particularly in elementary mathematics
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, the trigonometric functions are generally regarded more abstractly as functions of real
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s, rather than angles. In fact, the functions sin and cos can be defined for all complex numbers in terms of the exponential function
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via power series or as solutions to differential equation
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s given particular initial values (''see below''), without reference to any geometric notions. The other four trigonometric functions (tan, cot, sec, csc) can be defined as quotients and reciprocals of sin and cos, except where zero occurs in the denominator. It can be proved, for real arguments, that these definitions coincide with elementary geometric definitions ''if'' ''the argument is regarded as an angle given in radians''. Moreover, these definitions result in simple expressions for the derivative
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s and indefinite integrals
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for the trigonometric functions. Thus, in settings beyond elementary geometry, radians are regarded as the mathematically natural unit for describing angle measures.
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subtended by it: the angle that subtends an arc of length 1 on the unit circle is 1 rad (≈ 57.3°), and a complete turn
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(360°) is an angle of 2 (≈ 6.28) rad. For real number ''x'', the notations sin ''x'', cos ''x'', etc. refer to the value of the trigonometric functions evaluated at an angle of ''x'' rad. If units of degrees are intended, the degree sign must be explicitly shown (e.g., sin ''x°'', cos ''x°'', etc.). Using this standard notation, the argument ''x'' for the trigonometric functions satisfies the relationship ''x'' = (180''x''/)°, so that, for example, sin = sin 180° when we take ''x'' = . In this way, the degree symbol can be regarded as a mathematical constant such that 1° = /180 ≈ 0.0175.
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, which is the circle
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of radius one centered at the origin of this coordinate system. While right-angled triangle definitions allow for the definition of the trigonometric functions for angles between and $\backslash frac$ radian
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the unit circle definitions allow the domain of trigonometric functions to be extended to all positive and negative real numbers.
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rotation for $\backslash theta\; >\; 0,$ and clockwise rotation for $\backslash theta\; <\; 0$). This ray intersects the unit circle at the point $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (x\_\backslash mathrm,y\_\backslash mathrm).$ The ray $\backslash mathcal\; L,$ extended to a line
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if necessary, intersects the line of equation $x=1$ at point $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (1,y\_\backslash mathrm),$ and the line of equation $y=1$ at point $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (x\_\backslash mathrm,1).$ The tangent line
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to the unit circle at the point , is perpendicular
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to $\backslash mathcal\; L,$ and intersects the - and -axes at points $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (0,y\_\backslash mathrm)$ and $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (x\_\backslash mathrm,0).$ The coordinates
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of these points give the values of all trigonometric functions for any arbitrary real value of in the following manner.
The trigonometric functions and are defined, respectively, as the ''x''- and ''y''-coordinate values of point . That is,
:$\backslash cos\; \backslash theta\; =\; x\_\backslash mathrm\; \backslash quad$ and $\backslash quad\; \backslash sin\; \backslash theta\; =\; y\_\backslash mathrm.$
In the range $0\; \backslash le\; \backslash theta\; \backslash le\; \backslash pi/2$, this definition coincides with the right-angled triangle definition, by taking the right-angled triangle to have the unit radius as hypotenuse
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. And since the equation $x^2+y^2=1$ holds for all points $\backslash mathrm\; =\; (x,y)$ on the unit circle, this definition of cosine and sine also satisfies the Pythagorean identity.
:$\backslash cos^2\backslash theta+\backslash sin^2\backslash theta=1.$
The other trigonometric functions can be found along the unit circle as
:$\backslash tan\; \backslash theta\; =\; y\_\backslash mathrm\; \backslash quad$ and $\backslash quad\backslash cot\; \backslash theta\; =\; x\_\backslash mathrm,$
:$\backslash csc\; \backslash theta\backslash \; =\; y\_\backslash mathrm\; \backslash quad$ and $\backslash quad\backslash sec\; \backslash theta\; =\; x\_\backslash mathrm.$
By applying the Pythagorean identity and geometric proof methods, these definitions can readily be shown to coincide with the definitions of tangent, cotangent, secant and cosecant in terms of sine and cosine, that is
: $\backslash tan\; \backslash theta\; =\backslash frac,\backslash quad\; \backslash cot\backslash theta=\backslash frac,\backslash quad\; \backslash sec\backslash theta=\backslash frac,\backslash quad\; \backslash csc\backslash theta=\backslash frac.$
Since a rotation of an angle of $\backslash pm2\backslash pi$ does not change the position or size of a shape, the points , , , , and are the same for two angles whose difference is an integer multiple of $2\backslash pi$. Thus trigonometric functions are periodic function
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s with period $2\backslash pi$. That is, the equalities
: $\backslash sin\backslash theta\; =\; \backslash sin\backslash left(\backslash theta\; +\; 2\; k\; \backslash pi\; \backslash right)\backslash quad$ and $\backslash quad\; \backslash cos\backslash theta\; =\; \backslash cos\backslash left(\backslash theta\; +\; 2\; k\; \backslash pi\; \backslash right)$
hold for any angle and any integer
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. The same is true for the four other trigonometric functions. By observing the sign and the monotonicity of the functions sine, cosine, cosecant, and secant in the four quadrants, one can show that is the smallest value for which they are periodic (i.e., is the of these functions). However, after a rotation by an angle $\backslash pi$, the points and already return to their original position, so that the tangent function and the cotangent function have a fundamental period of . That is, the equalities
: $\backslash tan\backslash theta\; =\; \backslash tan(\backslash theta\; +\; k\backslash pi)\; \backslash quad$ and $\backslash quad\; \backslash cot\backslash theta\; =\; \backslash cot(\backslash theta\; +\; k\backslash pi)$
hold for any angle and any integer .
Algebraic values

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s for the most important angles are as follows:
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:$\backslash sin\; \backslash frac\backslash pi6\; =\; \backslash sin\; 30^\backslash circ\; =\; \backslash frac2\; =\; \backslash frac$
:$\backslash sin\; \backslash frac\backslash pi4\; =\; \backslash sin\; 45^\backslash circ\; =\; \backslash frac$
:$\backslash sin\; \backslash frac\backslash pi3\; =\; \backslash sin\; 60^\backslash circ\; =\; \backslash frac$
:$\backslash sin\; \backslash frac\backslash pi2\; =\; \backslash sin\; 90^\backslash circ\; =\; \backslash frac2\; =\; 1$ (right angle
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of consecutive non-negative integers, with a denominator of 2, provides an easy way to remember the values.
Such simple expressions generally do not exist for other angles which are rational multiples of a right angle.
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of a non-real complex number
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. Galois theory
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allows a proof that, if the angle is not a multiple of 3°, non-real cube roots are unavoidable.
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, the sine and the cosine are algebraic number
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s, which may be expressed in terms of th roots. This results from the fact that the Galois group
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s of the cyclotomic polynomial
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s are cyclic
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, proved in 1966.
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rather than the converse. Therefore, except at a very elementary level, trigonometric functions are defined using the methods of calculus.
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and analytic at every point where they are defined; that is, everywhere for the sine and the cosine, and, for the tangent, everywhere except at for every integer .
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s, and their is for the sine and the cosine, and for the tangent, which is increasing
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in each open interval
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. At each end point of these intervals, the tangent function has a vertical asymptote
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.
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or differential equation
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s. These definitions are equivalent, as starting from one of them, it is easy to retrieve the other as a property. However the definition through differential equations is somehow more natural, since, for example, the choice of the coefficients of the power series may appear as quite arbitrary, and the Pythagorean identity is much easier to deduce from the differential equations.
Definition by differential equations

Sine and cosine can be defined as the unique solution to theinitial value problem
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:
:$\backslash frac\backslash sin\; x=\; \backslash cos\; x,\backslash \; \backslash frac\backslash cos\; x=\; -\backslash sin\; x,\backslash \; \backslash sin(0)=0,\backslash \; \backslash cos(0)=1.$
Differentiating again, $\backslash frac\backslash sin\; x\; =\; \backslash frac\backslash cos\; x\; =\; -\backslash sin\; x$ and $\backslash frac\backslash cos\; x\; =\; -\backslash frac\backslash sin\; x\; =\; -\backslash cos\; x$, so both sine and cosine are solutions of the ordinary differential equation
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:$y\text{'}\text{'}+y=0.$
Applying the quotient rule
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to the tangent $\backslash tan\; x\; =\; \backslash sin\; x\; /\; \backslash cos\; x$, we derive
:$\backslash frac\backslash tan\; x\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; 1+\backslash tan^2\; x.$
Power series expansion

Applying the differential equations topower series
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\sum_^\infty a_n \left(x - c\right)^n = a_0 + a_1 (x - c) + a_2 (x - c)^2 + \cdots
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with indeterminate coefficients, one may deduce recurrence relation
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s for the coefficients of the Taylor series
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of the sine and cosine functions. These recurrence relations are easy to solve, and give the series expansions
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin\; x\; \&\; =\; x\; -\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash frac\; -\; \backslash frac\; +\; \backslash cdots\; \backslash \backslash $& = \sum_^\infty \fracx^ \\\cos x & = 1 - \frac + \frac - \frac + \cdots \\& = \sum_^\infty \fracx^.
\end
The radius of convergence
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of these series is infinite. Therefore, the sine and the cosine can be extended to entire function
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s (also called "sine" and "cosine"), which are (by definition) complex-valued function
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s that are defined and holomorphic
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on the whole complex plane
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.
Being defined as fractions of entire functions, the other trigonometric functions may be extended to meromorphic function
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s, that is functions that are holomorphic in the whole complex plane, except some isolated points called poles
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. Here, the poles are the numbers of the form $(2k+1)\backslash frac\; \backslash pi\; 2$ for the tangent and the secant, or $k\backslash pi$ for the cotangent and the cosecant, where is an arbitrary integer.
Recurrences relations may also be computed for the coefficients of the Taylor series
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of the other trigonometric functions. These series have a finite radius of convergence
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. Their coefficients have a combinatorial
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interpretation: they enumerate alternating permutation
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s of finite sets.
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: , the th up/down number
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,
: , the th Bernoulli number
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, and
: , is the th Euler number
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,
one has the following series expansions:
: $\backslash begin\; \backslash tan\; x\; \&\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash fracx^\; \backslash \backslash $& = \sum_^\infty \fracx^ \\& = x + \fracx^3 + \fracx^5 + \fracx^7 + \cdots, \qquad \text , x, < \frac.
\end
: $\backslash begin\; \backslash csc\; x\; \&=\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash fracx^\; \backslash \backslash $&= x^ + \fracx + \fracx^3 + \fracx^5 + \cdots, \qquad \text 0 < , x, < \pi.
\end
: $\backslash begin\; \backslash sec\; x\; \&=\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash fracx^\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash fracx^\; \backslash \backslash $&= 1 + \fracx^2 + \fracx^4 + \fracx^6 + \cdots, \qquad \text , x, < \frac.
\end
: $\backslash begin\; \backslash cot\; x\; \&=\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash fracx^\; \backslash \backslash $&= x^ - \fracx - \fracx^3 - \fracx^5 - \cdots, \qquad \text 0 < , x, < \pi.
\end
Partial fraction expansion

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s of the cotangent function and the reciprocal functions match:
: $\backslash pi\; \backslash cot\; \backslash pi\; x\; =\; \backslash lim\_\backslash sum\_^N\; \backslash frac.$
This identity can be proven with the Herglotz trick.
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series:
:$\backslash pi\; \backslash cot\; \backslash pi\; x\; =\; \backslash frac\; +\; 2x\backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac.$
Similarly, one can find a partial fraction expansion for the secant, cosecant and tangent functions:
:$\backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac\; +\; 2x\backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac,$
:$\backslash frac\; =\; \backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; (-1)^n\; \backslash frac,$
:$\backslash pi\; \backslash tan\; \backslash pi\; x\; =\; 2x\backslash sum\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash frac.$
Infinite product expansion

The following infinite product for the sine is of great importance in complex analysis: :$\backslash sin\; z\; =\; z\; \backslash prod\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash left(1-\backslash frac\backslash right),\; \backslash quad\; z\backslash in\backslash mathbb\; C.$ For the proof of this expansion, seeSine
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. From this, it can be deduced that
:$\backslash cos\; z\; =\; \backslash prod\_^\backslash infty\; \backslash left(1-\backslash frac\backslash right),\; \backslash quad\; z\backslash in\backslash mathbb\; C.$
Relationship to exponential function (Euler's formula)

Euler's formula
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relates sine and cosine to the exponential function
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:
:$e^\; =\; \backslash cos\; x\; +\; i\backslash sin\; x.$
This formula is commonly considered for real values of , but it remains true for all complex values.
''Proof'': Let $f\_1(x)=\backslash cos\; x\; +\; i\backslash sin\; x,$ and $f\_2(x)=e^.$ One has $\backslash fracf\_j(x)=\; if\_j(x)$ for . The quotient rule
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implies thus that $\backslash frac\backslash left(\backslash frac\backslash right)=0$. Therefore, $\backslash frac$ is a constant function, which equals , as $f\_1(0)=f\_2(0)=1.$ This proves the formula.
One has
:$\backslash begin\; e^\; \&=\; \backslash cos\; x\; +\; i\backslash sin\; x\backslash \backslash $e^ &= \cos x - i\sin x.
\end
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in sine and cosine, one can express them in terms of the exponential function:
: $\backslash begin\backslash sin\; x\; \&=\; \backslash frac\backslash \backslash $\cos x &= \frac.
\end
When is real, this may be rewritten as
: $\backslash cos\; x\; =\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left(e^\backslash right),\; \backslash qquad\; \backslash sin\; x\; =\; \backslash operatorname\backslash left(e^\backslash right).$
Most trigonometric identities
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can be proved by expressing trigonometric functions in terms of the complex exponential function by using above formulas, and then using the identity $e^=e^ae^b$ for simplifying the result.
Definitions using functional equations

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s.
For example, the sine and the cosine form the unique pair of continuous function
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s that satisfy the difference formula
: $\backslash cos(x-\; y)\; =\; \backslash cos\; x\backslash cos\; y\; +\; \backslash sin\; x\backslash sin\; y\backslash ,$
and the added condition
: $0\; <\; x\backslash cos\; x\; <\; \backslash sin\; x\; <\; x\backslash quad\backslash text\backslash quad\; 0\; <\; x\; <\; 1.$
In the complex plane

The sine and cosine of acomplex number
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$z=x+iy$ can be expressed in terms of real sines, cosines, and hyperbolic function
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s as follows:
: $\backslash begin\backslash sin\; z\; \&=\; \backslash sin\; x\; \backslash cosh\; y\; +\; i\; \backslash cos\; x\; \backslash sinh\; y\backslash \backslash $\cos z &= \cos x \cosh y - i \sin x \sinh y\end
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, it is possible to graph the trigonometric functions as complex-valued functions. Various features unique to the complex functions can be seen from the graph; for example, the sine and cosine functions can be seen to be unbounded as the imaginary part of $z$ becomes larger (since the color white represents infinity), and the fact that the functions contain simple zeros or poles is apparent from the fact that the hue cycles around each zero or pole exactly once. Comparing these graphs with those of the corresponding Hyperbolic functions highlights the relationships between the two.
Basic identities

Many identities interrelate the trigonometric functions. This section contains the most basic ones; for more identities, seeList of trigonometric identities
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. These identities may be proved geometrically from the unit-circle definitions or the right-angled-triangle definitions (although, for the latter definitions, care must be taken for angles that are not in the interval , see Proofs of trigonometric identities). For non-geometrical proofs using only tools of calculus
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, one may use directly the differential equations, in a way that is similar to that of the above proof of Euler's identity. One can also use Euler's identity for expressing all trigonometric functions in terms of complex exponentials and using properties of the exponential function.
Parity

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s; the other trigonometric functions are odd function
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s. That is:
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin(-x)\; \&=-\backslash sin\; x\backslash \backslash \; \backslash cos(-x)\; \&=\backslash cos\; x\backslash \backslash \; \backslash tan(-x)\; \&=-\backslash tan\; x\backslash \backslash \; \backslash cot(-x)\; \&=-\backslash cot\; x\backslash \backslash \; \backslash csc(-x)\; \&=-\backslash csc\; x\backslash \backslash \; \backslash sec(-x)\; \&=\backslash sec\; x.\; \backslash end$
Periods

All trigonometric functions arePythagorean identity

The Pythagorean identity, is the expression of thePythagorean theorem
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in terms of trigonometric functions. It is
:$\backslash sin^2\; x\; +\; \backslash cos^2\; x\; =\; 1\; .$
Sum and difference formulas

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. One can also produce them algebraically using Euler's formula
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.
; Sum
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin\backslash left(x+y\backslash right)\&=\backslash sin\; x\; \backslash cos\; y\; +\; \backslash cos\; x\; \backslash sin\; y,\backslash \backslash $\cos\left(x+y\right)&=\cos x \cos y - \sin x \sin y,\\\tan(x + y) &= \frac.
\end
; Difference
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin\backslash left(x-y\backslash right)\&=\backslash sin\; x\; \backslash cos\; y\; -\; \backslash cos\; x\; \backslash sin\; y,\backslash \backslash $\cos\left(x-y\right)&=\cos x \cos y + \sin x \sin y,\\\tan(x - y) &= \frac.
\end
When the two angles are equal, the sum formulas reduce to simpler equations known as the double-angle formulae.
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin\; 2x\; \&=\; 2\; \backslash sin\; x\; \backslash cos\; x\; =\; \backslash frac,\; \backslash \backslash $\cos 2x &= \cos^2 x - \sin^2 x = 2 \cos^2 x - 1 = 1 - 2 \sin^2 x = \frac,\\\tan 2x &= \frac.
\end
These identities can be used to derive the product-to-sum identities.
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s of $t$:
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash sin\; \backslash theta\; \&=\; \backslash frac,\; \backslash \backslash $\cos \theta &= \frac,\\\tan \theta &= \frac.
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, which reduces the computation of integral
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s and antiderivative
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s of trigonometric functions to that of rational fractions.
Derivatives and antiderivatives

Thederivative
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s of trigonometric functions result from those of sine and cosine by applying quotient rule
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. The values given for the antiderivative
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s in the following table can be verified by differentiating them. The number is a constant of integration
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.
Alternatively, the derivatives of the 'co-functions' can be obtained using trigonometric identities and the chain rule:
:$\backslash begin\; \backslash frac\; \&=\; \backslash frac\backslash sin(\backslash pi/2-x)=-\backslash cos(\backslash pi/2-x)=-\backslash sin\; x\; \backslash ,\; ,\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash frac\; \&=\; \backslash frac\backslash sec(\backslash pi/2\; -\; x)\; =\; -\backslash sec(\backslash pi/2\; -\; x)\backslash tan(\backslash pi/2\; -\; x)\; =\; -\backslash csc\; x\; \backslash cot\; x\; \backslash ,\; ,\; \backslash \backslash \; \backslash frac\; \&=\; \backslash frac\backslash tan(\backslash pi/2\; -\; x)\; =\; -\backslash sec^2(\backslash pi/2\; -\; x)\; =\; -\backslash csc^2\; x\; \backslash ,\; .\; \backslash end$
Inverse functions

The trigonometric functions are periodic, and hence notinjective
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. However, on each interval on which a trigonometric function is monotonic
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, one can define an inverse function, and this defines inverse trigonometric functions as multivalued function
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s. To define a true inverse function, one must restrict the domain to an interval where the function is monotonic, and is thus bijective
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from this interval to its image by the function. The common choice for this interval, called the set of principal value
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s, is given in the following table. As usual, the inverse trigonometric functions are denoted with the prefix "arc" before the name or its abbreviation of the function.
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Just like the sine and cosine, the inverse trigonometric functions can also be expressed in terms of infinite series. They can also be expressed in terms of complex logarithm
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s.
Applications

Angles and sides of a triangle

In this section , , denote the three (interior) angles of a triangle, and , , denote the lengths of the respective opposite edges. They are related by various formulas, which are named by the trigonometric functions they involve.Law of sines

The law of sines states that for an arbitrary triangle with sides , , and and angles opposite those sides , and : $$\backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac,$$ where is the area of the triangle, or, equivalently, $$\backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac\; =\; 2R,$$ where is the triangle'scircumradius
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It can be proven by dividing the triangle into two right ones and using the above definition of sine. The law of sines is useful for computing the lengths of the unknown sides in a triangle if two angles and one side are known. This is a common situation occurring in ''triangulation
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'', a technique to determine unknown distances by measuring two angles and an accessible enclosed distance.
Law of cosines

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:
$$c^2=a^2+b^2-2ab\backslash cos\; C,$$
or equivalently,
$$\backslash cos\; C=\backslash frac.$$
In this formula the angle at is opposite to the side . This theorem can be proven by dividing the triangle into two right ones and using the Pythagorean theorem
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.
The law of cosines can be used to determine a side of a triangle if two sides and the angle between them are known. It can also be used to find the cosines of an angle (and consequently the angles themselves) if the lengths of all the sides are known.
Law of tangents

The law of tangents says that: :$\backslash frac\; =\; \backslash frac$.Law of cotangents

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, then ''rs'' is the triangle's area. Therefore Heron's formula
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implies that:
:$r\; =\; \backslash sqrt$.
The law of cotangents says that:
:$\backslash cot\; =\; \backslash frac$
It follows that
:$\backslash frac=\backslash frac=\backslash frac=\backslash frac.$
Periodic functions

The trigonometric functions are also important in physics. The sine and the cosine functions, for example, are used to describesimple harmonic motion
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, which models many natural phenomena, such as the movement of a mass attached to a spring and, for small angles, the pendular motion of a mass hanging by a string. The sine and cosine functions are one-dimensional projections of uniform circular motion
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Trigonometric functions also prove to be useful in the study of general wave
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Under rather general conditions, a periodic function can be expressed as a sum of sine waves or cosine waves in a Fourier series
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. Denoting the sine or cosine basis functions
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by , the expansion of the periodic function takes the form:
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For example, the square wave
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can be written as the Fourier series
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In the animation of a square wave at top right it can be seen that just a few terms already produce a fairly good approximation. The superposition of several terms in the expansion of a sawtooth wave
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are shown underneath.
History

While the early study of trigonometry can be traced to antiquity, the trigonometric functions as they are in use today were developed in the medieval period. Thechord
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function was discovered by Hipparchus
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of Nicaea
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(180–125 BCE) and Ptolemy
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of Roman Egypt
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(90–165 CE). The functions of sine and versine
The versine or versed sine is a trigonometric function
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Mathematics (from Ancient Greek, Greek: ) includes the study of such topics as quantity (number theory), mathematical structure, structure (algebra), space (geometry ...

(1 – cosine) can be traced back to the ''jyā'' and ''koti-jyā'' functions used in Gupta period
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Indian astronomy (''Aryabhatiya
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'', ''Surya Siddhanta
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''), via translation from Sanskrit to Arabic and then from Arabic to Latin. (See Aryabhata's sine table.)
All six trigonometric functions in current use were known in Islamic mathematics
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by the 9th century, as was the law of sines
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, used in solving triangles. With the exception of the sine (which was adopted from Indian mathematics), the other five modern trigonometric functions were discovered by Persian and Arab mathematicians, including the cosine, tangent, cotangent, secant and cosecant. Al-Khwārizmī
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(c. 780–850) produced tables of sines, cosines and tangents. Circa 830, Habash al-Hasib al-Marwazi
Ahmad ibn 'Abdallah Habash Hasib Marwazi (766 - d. after 869 in Samarra
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discovered the cotangent, and produced tables of tangents and cotangents.Jacques Sesiano, "Islamic mathematics", p. 157, in Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī
Abū ʿAbd Allāh Muḥammad ibn Jābir ibn Sinān al-Raqqī al-Ḥarrānī aṣ-Ṣābiʾ al-Battānī ( ar, محمد بن جابر بن سنان البتاني) (Latinization (literature), Latinized as Albategnius, Albategni or Albatenius) (c. 8 ...

(853–929) discovered the reciprocal functions of secant and cosecant, and produced the first table of cosecants for each degree from 1° to 90°. The trigonometric functions were later studied by mathematicians including Omar Khayyám
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, Bhāskara II
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, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi
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, Jamshīd al-Kāshī (14th century), Ulugh Beg
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(14th century), Regiomontanus
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(1464), Rheticus
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, and Rheticus' student Valentinus OthoValentinus Otho (also Valentin Otto; born around 1545/46 possibly in Magdeburg
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.
Madhava of Sangamagrama
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(c. 1400) made early strides in the analysis
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of trigonometric functions in terms of infinite series
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. (See Madhava series
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and Madhava's sine table
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.)
The terms ''tangent'' and ''secant'' were first introduced by the Danish mathematician Thomas Fincke
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in his book ''Geometria rotundi'' (1583).
The 17th century French mathematician Albert Girard
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made the first published use of the abbreviations ''sin'', ''cos'', and ''tan'' in his book ''Trigonométrie''.
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proved that is not an algebraic functionIn mathematics
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of . Though introduced as ratios of sides of a right triangle
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, and thus appearing to be rational function
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s, Leibnitz result established that they are actually transcendental function
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s of their argument. The task of assimilating circular functions into algebraic expressions was accomplished by Euler in his ''Introduction to the Analysis of the Infinite
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'' (1748). His method was to show that the sine and cosine functions are alternating series
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formed from the even and odd terms respectively of the . He presented "Euler's formula
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", as well as near-modern abbreviations (''sin.'', ''cos.'', ''tang.'', ''cot.'', ''sec.'', and ''cosec.'').
A few functions were common historically, but are now seldom used, such as the chord
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, the versine
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(which appeared in the earliest tables), the coversine
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, the haversine
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, the exsecant
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and the excosecant
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. The list of trigonometric identities
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shows more relations between these functions.
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Etymology

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'' sinus'', meaning "bend; bay", and more specifically "the hanging fold of the upper part of a toga
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", "the bosom of a garment", which was chosen as the translation of what was interpreted as the Arabic word ''jaib'', meaning "pocket" or "fold" in the twelfth-century translations of works by Al-Battani
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and al-Khwārizmī
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into Medieval Latin
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.
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from Sanskrit ', which along with its synonym ' (the standard Sanskrit term for the sine) translates to "bowstring", being in turn adopted from Ancient Greek
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"string".
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The prefix " co-" (in "cosine", "cotangent", "cosecant") is found in Edmund Gunter
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's ''Canon triangulorum'' (1620), which defines the ''cosinus'' as an abbreviation for the ''sinus complementi'' (sine of the complementary angle
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) and proceeds to define the ''cotangens'' similarly.
See also

* – a mnemonic for recalling the signs of trigonometric functions in a particular quadrant of a Cartesian plane * Bhaskara I's sine approximation formula * Differentiation of trigonometric functions * Generalized trigonometry * Generating trigonometric tables * Hyperbolic function * List of integrals of trigonometric functions * List of periodic functions *List of trigonometric identities
In mathematics
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* Polar sine – a generalization to vertex angles
* Proofs of trigonometric identities
* Versine – for several less used trigonometric functions
Notes

References

* * Lars Ahlfors, ''Complex Analysis: an introduction to the theory of analytic functions of one complex variable'', second edition, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York, 1966. * Carl Benjamin Boyer, Boyer, Carl B., ''A History of Mathematics'', John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2nd edition. (1991). . * Gal, Shmuel and Bachelis, Boris. An accurate elementary mathematical library for the IEEE floating point standard, ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software (1991). * Joseph, George G., ''The Crest of the Peacock: Non-European Roots of Mathematics'', 2nd ed. Penguin Books, London. (2000). . * Kantabutra, Vitit, "On hardware for computing exponential and trigonometric functions," ''IEEE Trans. Computers'' 45 (3), 328–339 (1996). * Maor, Eli,Trigonometric Delights

', Princeton Univ. Press. (1998). Reprint edition (2002): . * Needham, Tristan

"Preface"

to

Visual Complex Analysis

'. Oxford University Press, (1999). . * * O'Connor, J. J., and E. F. Robertson

''MacTutor History of Mathematics archive''. (1996). * O'Connor, J. J., and E. F. Robertson

"Madhava of Sangamagramma"

''MacTutor History of Mathematics archive''. (2000). * Pearce, Ian G.

"Madhava of Sangamagramma"

''MacTutor History of Mathematics archive''. (2002). * * Weisstein, Eric W.

"Tangent"

from ''MathWorld'', accessed 21 January 2006.

External links

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