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3.4 Trigonometric Function Laws

Note: These are already covered in the notes 1.5 Trigonometric Functions Background Knowledge, when trigonometric functions are first introduced. Here, it will be simply a reiteration of the formulas.

Trigonometric Function Laws

  • Sine, cosine, tangent can be understood as follows:

\sin (\theta)=\frac{\text { opposite }}{\text { hypotenuse }}

\cos (\theta)=\frac{\text { adjacent }}{\text { hypotenuse }}

\tan (\theta)=\frac{\text { opposite }}{\text { adjacent }}

and in particular we have

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