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From the Pythagorean Theorem, we get

x 2 + y 2 = 1

Substituting x = 1 2 , we get

( 1 2 ) 2 + y 2 = 1

Solving for y , we get

1 4 + y 2 = 1         y 2 = 1 1 4         y 2 = 3 4           y = ± 3 2

Since t = π 3 has the terminal side in quadrant I where the y- coordinate is positive, we choose y = 3 2 , the positive value.

At t = π 3 (60°), the ( x , y ) coordinates for the point on a circle of radius 1 at an angle of 60° are ( 1 2 , 3 2 ) , so we can find the sine and cosine.

( x , y ) = ( 1 2 , 3 2 ) x = 1 2 , y = 3 2 cos t = 1 2 , sin t = 3 2

We have now found the cosine and sine values for all of the most commonly encountered angles in the first quadrant of the unit circle. [link] summarizes these values.

Angle 0 π 6 , or 30 π 4 , or 45° π 3 , or 60° π 2 , or 90°
Cosine 1 3 2 2 2 1 2 0
Sine 0 1 2 2 2 3 2 1

[link] shows the common angles in the first quadrant of the unit circle.

Graph of a quarter circle with angles of 0, 30, 45, 60, and 90 degrees inscribed. Equivalence of angles in radians shown. Points along circle are marked.

Using a calculator to find sine and cosine

To find the cosine and sine of angles other than the special angles , we turn to a computer or calculator. Be aware : Most calculators can be set into “degree” or “radian” mode, which tells the calculator the units for the input value. When we evaluate cos ( 30 ) on our calculator, it will evaluate it as the cosine of 30 degrees if the calculator is in degree mode, or the cosine of 30 radians if the calculator is in radian mode.

Given an angle in radians, use a graphing calculator to find the cosine.

  1. If the calculator has degree mode and radian mode, set it to radian mode.
  2. Press the COS key.
  3. Enter the radian value of the angle and press the close-parentheses key ")".
  4. Press ENTER.

Using a graphing calculator to find sine and cosine

Evaluate cos ( 5 π 3 ) using a graphing calculator or computer.

Enter the following keystrokes:

COS (   5   ×   π   ÷  3 ) ENTER

cos ( 5 π 3 ) = 0.5
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Evaluate sin ( π 3 ) .

approximately 0.866025403

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Identifying the domain and range of sine and cosine functions

Now that we can find the sine and cosine of an angle, we need to discuss their domains and ranges. What are the domains of the sine and cosine functions? That is, what are the smallest and largest numbers that can be inputs of the functions? Because angles smaller than 0 and angles larger than 2 π can still be graphed on the unit circle and have real values of x , y , and r , there is no lower or upper limit to the angles that can be inputs to the sine and cosine functions. The input to the sine and cosine functions is the rotation from the positive x -axis, and that may be any real number.

What are the ranges of the sine and cosine functions? What are the least and greatest possible values for their output? We can see the answers by examining the unit circle    , as shown in [link] . The bounds of the x -coordinate are [ −1 , 1 ] . The bounds of the y -coordinate are also [ −1 , 1 ] . Therefore, the range of both the sine and cosine functions is [ −1 , 1 ] .

Graph of unit circle.

Finding reference angles

We have discussed finding the sine and cosine for angles in the first quadrant, but what if our angle is in another quadrant? For any given angle in the first quadrant, there is an angle in the second quadrant with the same sine value. Because the sine value is the y -coordinate on the unit circle, the other angle with the same sine will share the same y -value, but have the opposite x -value. Therefore, its cosine value will be the opposite of the first angle’s cosine value.

Questions & Answers

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Ahlicia Reply
I've run into this: x = r*cos(angle1 + angle2) Which expands to: x = r(cos(angle1)*cos(angle2) - sin(angle1)*sin(angle2)) The r value confuses me here, because distributing it makes: (r*cos(angle2))(cos(angle1) - (r*sin(angle2))(sin(angle1)) How does this make sense? Why does the r distribute once
Carlos Reply
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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
Brad
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
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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
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
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
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I don't understand
Joe
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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I have always struggled with math. I get lost really easy, if you have any advice for that, it would help tremendously.
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Darius
Hi, apologies for the delayed response. I'm in college.
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So a horizontal compression by factor of 1/2 is the same as a horizontal stretch by a factor of 2, right?
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The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1), and the lenght of the major axis is 26
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The center is at (3,4) a focus is at (3,-1) and the lenght of the major axis is 26 what will be the answer?
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how do you find the real and complex roots of a polynomial?
Abdul
@abdul with delta maybe which is b(square)-4ac=result then the 1st root -b-radical delta over 2a and the 2nd root -b+radical delta over 2a. I am not sure if this was your question but check it up
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This is the actual question: Find all roots(real and complex) of the polynomial f(x)=6x^3 + x^2 - 4x + 1
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The average annual population increase of a pack of wolves is 25.
Brittany Reply
how do you find the period of a sine graph
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Period =2π if there is a coefficient (b), just divide the coefficient by 2π to get the new period
Am
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Imani
by looking at the graph, find the distance between two consecutive maximum points (the highest points of the wave). so if the top of one wave is at point A (1,2) and the next top of the wave is at point B (6,2), then the period is 5, the difference of the x-coordinates.
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you could also do it with two consecutive minimum points or x-intercepts
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Explain why log a x is not defined for a < 0
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