# 5.3 The other trigonometric functions  (Page 6/13)

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Given an angle measure in radians, use a graphing utility/calculator to find the cosecant.

1. If the graphing utility has degree mode and radian mode, set it to radian mode.
2. Enter:
3. Press the SIN key.
4. Enter the value of the angle inside parentheses.
5. Press the ENTER key.

## Evaluating the secant using technology

Evaluate the cosecant of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{5\pi }{7}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$

For a scientific calculator, enter information as follows:

$\mathrm{csc}\left(\frac{5\pi }{7}\right)\approx 1.279$

Evaluate the cotangent of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}-\frac{\pi }{8}.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$

$\approx -2.414$

Access these online resources for additional instruction and practice with other trigonometric functions.

## Key equations

 Tangent function $\mathrm{tan}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t=\frac{\mathrm{sin}t}{\mathrm{cos}t}$ Secant function $\mathrm{sec}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t=\frac{1}{\mathrm{cos}t}$ Cosecant function $\mathrm{csc}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t=\frac{1}{\mathrm{sin}t}$ Cotangent function $\mathrm{cot}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t=\frac{1}{\mathrm{tan}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t}=\frac{\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t}{\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}t}$

## Key concepts

• The tangent of an angle is the ratio of the y -value to the x -value of the corresponding point on the unit circle.
• The secant, cotangent, and cosecant are all reciprocals of other functions. The secant is the reciprocal of the cosine function, the cotangent is the reciprocal of the tangent function, and the cosecant is the reciprocal of the sine function.
• The six trigonometric functions can be found from a point on the unit circle. See [link] .
• Trigonometric functions can also be found from an angle. See [link] .
• Trigonometric functions of angles outside the first quadrant can be determined using reference angles. See [link] .
• A function is said to be even if $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(-x\right)=f\left(x\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and odd if $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(-x\right)=-f\left(x\right).$
• Cosine and secant are even; sine, tangent, cosecant, and cotangent are odd.
• Even and odd properties can be used to evaluate trigonometric functions. See [link] .
• The Pythagorean Identity makes it possible to find a cosine from a sine or a sine from a cosine.
• Identities can be used to evaluate trigonometric functions. See [link] and [link] .
• Fundamental identities such as the Pythagorean Identity can be manipulated algebraically to produce new identities. See [link] .
• The trigonometric functions repeat at regular intervals.
• The period $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}P\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ of a repeating function $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ is the smallest interval such that $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}f\left(x+P\right)=f\left(x\right)\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ for any value of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x.$
• The values of trigonometric functions of special angles can be found by mathematical analysis.
• To evaluate trigonometric functions of other angles, we can use a calculator or computer software. See [link] .

## Verbal

On an interval of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\left[0,2\pi \right),$ can the sine and cosine values of a radian measure ever be equal? If so, where?

Yes, when the reference angle is $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{\pi }{4}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and the terminal side of the angle is in quadrants I and III. Thus, at $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x=\frac{\pi }{4},\frac{5\pi }{4},$ the sine and cosine values are equal.

What would you estimate the cosine of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\pi \text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ degrees to be? Explain your reasoning.

For any angle in quadrant II, if you knew the sine of the angle, how could you determine the cosine of the angle?

Substitute the sine of the angle in for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}y\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ in the Pythagorean Theorem $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}{x}^{2}+{y}^{2}=1.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ Solve for $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}x\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ and take the negative solution.

Describe the secant function.

Tangent and cotangent have a period of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\pi .\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ What does this tell us about the output of these functions?

The outputs of tangent and cotangent will repeat every $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\pi \text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ units.

#### Questions & Answers

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Period =2π if there is a coefficient (b), just divide the coefficient by 2π to get the new period
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