When should I set + , - or ±

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When should I set + , - or ±

Postby charin79 » Mon Mar 10, 2008 12:41 am

Hello my name is Charin. I cant work out when should i set + , - or ±
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Example:
Give is tan(v)=7/24 Determine relevancy for Sin(v),Cos(v) and Cot(v).

Solution :

sin=± 7/25 ( why is ±)
Cos=± 24/25 ( why is ±)
Cot=+24/7 ( why is +)

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Postby Math Tutor » Mon Mar 10, 2008 4:44 pm

it is ±
because
when we solve the problem we have:

(sinx)2 = a

where a is some number.

and then we have:

sin x = ±√a

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Re: when should i set + , - or ±

Postby dduclam » Sun May 04, 2008 4:21 am

charin79 wrote:Hello my name is Charin. I cant work out when should i set + , - or ±
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Example:
Give is tan(v)=7/24 Determine relevancy for Sin(v),Cos(v) and Cot(v).

Solution :

sin=± 7/25 ( why is ±)
Cos=± 24/25 ( why is ±)
Cot=+24/7 ( why is +)

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Sorry for bad english



Using some following mathematical formulas:

[tex]1+tan^2x=\frac1{cos^2x} => cosx=\pm\sqrt{\frac1{1+tan^2x}}[/tex]

[tex]sin^2x+cos^2x=1 => sinx=\pm\sqrt{1-cos^2x}[/tex]

[tex]tanx.cotx=1 =>cotx=\frac1{tanx}[/tex]

we have answer sentences :)

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Re: when should i set + , - or ±

Postby caydaAtes » Sat Jan 03, 2015 2:28 am

Well i have a triangle and the hyp is 15 and one of the angles is 68 one is 90. I dint know how to get another side with just that. Could you help me?


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Re: When should I set + , - or ±

Postby Guest » Sat Jan 03, 2015 6:14 am

The non-hypotenuse side adjacent to the angle of 68 is of length "15 cos 68".
The side opposite to the angle of 68 is of length "15 sin 68".

This follows from the definitions of sin and cos:
sin angle = Opposite / Hypotenuse
cos angle = Adjacent / Hypotenuse
We know the angle and the hypotenuse, so we can re-arrange the equations to get the lengths of the opposite and adjacent sides.

For more information see:
http://www.mathsisfun.com/sine-cosine-tangent.html

Hope this helped,

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