Trigonometric Functions

  • John Berry
  • Patrick Wainwright


When you have completed this chapter you should be able to
  1. 1.

    state the convention for measuring angles

  2. 2.

    define sine and cosine as projections of a unit vector

  3. 3.

    sketch the graphs of sine, cosine and tangent

  4. 4.

    find the primary and secondary solutions to sine and cosine equations

  5. 5.

    state the period and the equations of the asymptotes of the tangent function

  6. 6.

    obtain the general solution to a trigonometric equation

  7. 7.

    obtain solutions within a specified range to a trigonometric equation

  8. 8.

    solve more complex trigonometric equations, including squares, multiple angles and phase angles

  9. 9.

    define sec, cosec and cot in terms of cos, sin and tan

  10. 10.

    sketch graphs of the form a sin(bx + c), a cos(bx + c) and a tan(bx + c) and determine their amplitude and period

  11. 11.

    convert from degrees to radians, and from radians to degrees

  12. 12.

    sketch graphs and solve equations using radians for angles

  13. 13.

    use trigonometric functions to model mechanical vibrations and alternating currents



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© John Berry and Patrick Wainwright 1991

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  • John Berry
  • Patrick Wainwright

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