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Find the coordinates of the point on the unit circle at an angle of 5 π 3 .

( 1 2 , 3 2 )

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Key equations

Cosine cos t = x
Sine sin t = y
Pythagorean Identity cos 2 t + sin 2 t = 1

Key concepts

  • Finding the function values for the sine and cosine begins with drawing a unit circle, which is centered at the origin and has a radius of 1 unit.
  • Using the unit circle, the sine of an angle t equals the y -value of the endpoint on the unit circle of an arc of length t whereas the cosine of an angle t equals the x -value of the endpoint. See [link] .
  • The sine and cosine values are most directly determined when the corresponding point on the unit circle falls on an axis. See [link] .
  • When the sine or cosine is known, we can use the Pythagorean Identity to find the other. The Pythagorean Identity is also useful for determining the sines and cosines of special angles. See [link] .
  • Calculators and graphing software are helpful for finding sines and cosines if the proper procedure for entering information is known. See [link] .
  • The domain of the sine and cosine functions is all real numbers.
  • The range of both the sine and cosine functions is [ 1 , 1 ] .
  • The sine and cosine of an angle have the same absolute value as the sine and cosine of its reference angle.
  • The signs of the sine and cosine are determined from the x - and y -values in the quadrant of the original angle.
  • An angle’s reference angle is the size angle, t , formed by the terminal side of the angle t and the horizontal axis. See [link] .
  • Reference angles can be used to find the sine and cosine of the original angle. See [link] .
  • Reference angles can also be used to find the coordinates of a point on a circle. See [link] .

Section exercises

Verbal

Describe the unit circle.

The unit circle is a circle of radius 1 centered at the origin.

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What do the x- and y- coordinates of the points on the unit circle represent?

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Discuss the difference between a coterminal angle and a reference angle.

Coterminal angles are angles that share the same terminal side. A reference angle is the size of the smallest acute angle, t , formed by the terminal side of the angle t and the horizontal axis.

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Explain how the cosine of an angle in the second quadrant differs from the cosine of its reference angle in the unit circle.

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Explain how the sine of an angle in the second quadrant differs from the sine of its reference angle in the unit circle.

The sine values are equal.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, use the given sign of the sine and cosine functions to find the quadrant in which the terminal point determined by t lies.

sin ( t ) < 0 and cos ( t ) < 0

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sin ( t ) > 0 and cos ( t ) > 0

I

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sin ( t ) > 0 and cos ( t ) < 0

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sin ( t ) < 0 and cos ( t ) > 0

IV

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For the following exercises, find the exact value of each trigonometric function.

Questions & Answers

Rectangle coordinate
Asma Reply
how to find for x
Jhon Reply
it depends on the equation
Robert
whats a domain
mike Reply
The domain of a function is the set of all input on which the function is defined. For example all real numbers are the Domain of any Polynomial function.
Spiro
foci (–7,–17) and (–7,17), the absolute value of the differenceof the distances of any point from the foci is 24.
Churlene Reply
difference between calculus and pre calculus?
Asma Reply
give me an example of a problem so that I can practice answering
Jenefa Reply
x³+y³+z³=42
Robert
dont forget the cube in each variable ;)
Robert
of she solves that, well ... then she has a lot of computational force under her command ....
Walter
what is a function?
CJ Reply
I want to learn about the law of exponent
Quera Reply
explain this
Hinderson Reply
what is functions?
Angel Reply
A mathematical relation such that every input has only one out.
Spiro
yes..it is a relationo of orders pairs of sets one or more input that leads to a exactly one output.
Mubita
Is a rule that assigns to each element X in a set A exactly one element, called F(x), in a set B.
RichieRich
If the plane intersects the cone (either above or below) horizontally, what figure will be created?
Feemark Reply
can you not take the square root of a negative number
Sharon Reply
No because a negative times a negative is a positive. No matter what you do you can never multiply the same number by itself and end with a negative
lurverkitten
Actually you can. you get what's called an Imaginary number denoted by i which is represented on the complex plane. The reply above would be correct if we were still confined to the "real" number line.
Liam
Suppose P= {-3,1,3} Q={-3,-2-1} and R= {-2,2,3}.what is the intersection
Elaine Reply
can I get some pretty basic questions
Ama Reply
In what way does set notation relate to function notation
Ama
is precalculus needed to take caculus
Amara Reply
It depends on what you already know. Just test yourself with some precalculus questions. If you find them easy, you're good to go.
Spiro
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