# 5.4 Right triangle trigonometry  (Page 2/12)

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## Relating angles and their functions

When working with right triangles, the same rules apply regardless of the orientation of the triangle. In fact, we can evaluate the six trigonometric functions of either of the two acute angles in the triangle in [link] . The side opposite one acute angle is the side adjacent to the other acute angle, and vice versa.

We will be asked to find all six trigonometric functions for a given angle in a triangle. Our strategy is to find the sine, cosine, and tangent of the angles first. Then, we can find the other trigonometric functions easily because we know that the reciprocal of sine is cosecant, the reciprocal of cosine is secant, and the reciprocal of tangent is cotangent.

Given the side lengths of a right triangle, evaluate the six trigonometric functions of one of the acute angles.

1. If needed, draw the right triangle and label the angle provided.
2. Identify the angle, the adjacent side, the side opposite the angle, and the hypotenuse of the right triangle.
3. Find the required function:
• sine as the ratio of the opposite side to the hypotenuse
• cosine as the ratio of the adjacent side to the hypotenuse
• tangent as the ratio of the opposite side to the adjacent side
• secant as the ratio of the hypotenuse to the adjacent side
• cosecant as the ratio of the hypotenuse to the opposite side
• cotangent as the ratio of the adjacent side to the opposite side

## Evaluating trigonometric functions of angles not in standard position

Using the triangle shown in [link] , evaluate $\mathrm{sin}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha ,$ $\mathrm{cos}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha ,$ $\mathrm{tan}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha ,$ $\mathrm{sec}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha ,$ $\mathrm{csc}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha ,$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\mathrm{cot}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\alpha .$

Using the triangle shown in [link] , evaluate and

## Finding trigonometric functions of special angles using side lengths

We have already discussed the trigonometric functions as they relate to the special angles on the unit circle. Now, we can use those relationships to evaluate triangles that contain those special angles. We do this because when we evaluate the special angles in trigonometric functions, they have relatively friendly values, values that contain either no or just one square root in the ratio. Therefore, these are the angles often used in math and science problems. We will use multiples of $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}30°,$ $60°,$ and $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}45°,$ however, remember that when dealing with right triangles, we are limited to angles between

Suppose we have a $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}30°,60°,90°\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ triangle, which can also be described as a triangle. The sides have lengths in the relation $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}s,\sqrt{3}s,2s.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ The sides of a $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}45°,45°,90°$ triangle, which can also be described as a $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}\frac{\pi }{4},\frac{\pi }{4},\frac{\pi }{2}\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ triangle, have lengths in the relation $\text{\hspace{0.17em}}s,s,\sqrt{2}s.\text{\hspace{0.17em}}$ These relations are shown in [link] .

We can then use the ratios of the side lengths to evaluate trigonometric functions of special angles.

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Spiro
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All real x except 5 and - 3
Spiro
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Is under distribute property, inverse function, algebra and addition and multiplication function; so is a combined question
Abena
find the equation of the line if m=3, and b=-2
graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
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UriEl
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also for the first one... y=mx+b so.... y=3x-2
UriEl
y=mx+b you were already given the 'm' and 'b'. so.. y=3x-2
Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
y=mx+b is the formula of a straight line. where m = the slope & b = where the line crosses the y-axis. In this case, being that the "m" and "b", are given, all you have to do is plug them into the formula to complete the equation.
Tommy
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Spiro
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abdikarin
this is an identity when 2 adding two angles within a cosine. it's called the cosine sum formula. there is also a different formula when cosine has an angle minus another angle it's called the sum and difference formulas and they are under any list of trig identities
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carlmark
consider r(a+b) = ra + rb. The a and b are the trig identity.
Mike
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generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
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William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
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Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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