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  • Listing 1 . Conversions between radians and degrees.
  • Listing 2 . Arcsin of 3-4-5 triangle.
  • Listing 3 . Finding length of the opposite side.
  • Listing 4 . Arccosine of 3-4-5 triangle.
  • Listing 5 . Finding the length of the adjacent side.
  • Listing 6 . Arctan of 3-4-5 triangle.
  • Listing 7 . Finding the length of the opposite side.
  • Listing 8 . Sinusoidal amplitude versus angle.
  • Listing 9 . A function to deal with quadrants.

Supplemental material

I recommend that you also study the other lessons in my extensive collection of online programming tutorials. You will find a consolidated index at www.DickBaldwin.com .

General background information

Many of the computational requirements for an introductory physics course involve trigonometry. This module provides a brief tutorial on trigonometry fundamentals that is designed to be accessible to blind students.

Sine, cosine, and tangent

There are many topics, such as identities, that are covered in an introductory trigonometry course that won't be covered in this module. Instead,this module will concentrate mainly on performing computations on right angles using the sine, cosine, and tangent of an angle.

If I find it necessary to deal with identities in a later module, I will come back and update this module accordingly.


Download files

You will need to download two svg graphics files to complete the work in this module. Click this link to download a zip file named Phy1020.zip containing those svg files.

If you don't already have it, you may also need to download and install the free IVEO Viewer software. As of this writing, the Viewer is available fordownloading at (External Link) .

Graph board and protractor

Unless you can create tactile graphics on paper, you will need your graph board and your protractor to perform the exercises in this module. Please prepare your graph board with perpendicular horizontaland vertical axes with the origin located near the center of the graph board.

Degrees versus radians

The most common unit of angular measurement used by the general public is the degree. As you are probably aware, there are 360 degrees in a circle.

The most common unit of angular measurement used by scientists and engineers is theradian.

(If you would like more background on radians, go to (External Link) .)

Conversions between radians and degrees

You may or may not be aware that one radian is equal to approximately 57.3 degrees. It is easier to remember, however, that 180 degrees is equal to PIradians where PI is the mathematical constant having an approximate value of 3.14159. We will use this latter relationship extensively to convert fromdegrees to radians and to convert from radians to degrees while working through the exercises in these modules.

An exercise involving degrees and radians

Let's do a short exercise involving degrees and radians. Please create an html file containing the code shown in Listing 1 and open it in your browser.

Listing 1 . Conversions between radians and degrees.
<!-- File JavaScript01.html --><html><body><script language="JavaScript1.3">function toRadians(degrees){ return degrees*Math.PI/180}//end function toRadians //============================================//function toDegrees(radians){ return radians*180/Math.PI}//end function toDegrees //============================================//var degrees = 90 var radians = toRadians(degrees)document.write("degrees = " + degrees + " : radians = " + radians + "</br>") radians = 1degrees = toDegrees(radians) document.write("radians = " + radians +" : degrees = " + degrees + "</br>") radians = Math.PIdegrees = toDegrees(radians) document.write("radians = " + radians +" : degrees = " + degrees)</script></body></html>

Questions & Answers

How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
How can I make nanorobot?
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
how can I make nanorobot?
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
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