1.20.2015

Right triangle trigonometry

I will not tell you the rules and definitions of trigonometric functions on a right triangle. Mathematics is happy to do without me. I'll just show you a picture, which shows a right triangle trigonometry.

Right triangle trigonometry. Mathematics For Blondes.
Right triangle trigonometry

The top row shows who is who in the trigonometric zoo. Sine and cosine of the angle alpha - a relationship of legs to the hypotenuse. Tangent and cotangent - a relationship of legs. With hypotenuse usually no problem, and it is located opposite one of the right angle. But the legs as much as two and they are different. One is located in front of the angle alpha is called opposed (the picture side a). Another gently pressed against the corner called alpha and an adjacent (on the picture side b). Now, looking at the picture, you can easily formulate the definition of trigonometric functions on a right triangle.

The bottom row of images shows how to find the sides of a right triangle, if we know one side and the angle alpha. Known side is green. Using this side and trigonometric functions, you can easily find the other two sides of a right triangle.

Spin this picture as you like, turn face down and look up to the light - trigonometric dependence in a right triangle from it are not changed.

Right triangle trigonometry. Spin this picture. Mathematics For Blondes.
Spin this picture

This picture you can come in handy in the future, the study of physics, theoretical mechanics, in engineering calculations. By the time you've forgotten how to define and use trigonometric functions in a right triangle.

And the saddest thing in the end. If you teach mathematics to use mathematics, these pictures you drew to themselves for a few minutes, without any textbooks. After all this is done simply elementary.

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