8. Triangular & Circular Functions

Lesson

Previously, we have defined angles as geometric objects - two noncollinear rays that share a common endpoint, or vertex. We can also define an angle as the action of rotating a ray about its endpoint.

Using this rotational definition, we define the starting position of the ray as the initial side of the angle. The ray's position after the rotation forms the terminal side of the angle.

If we view the angle in the coordinate plane, we say that the angle is in standard position if its vertex is at the origin and its initial side is along the positive $x$`x`-axis.

By defining an angle as a rotation, we can also allow for the concept of positive and negative angles. A positive angle denotes a counterclockwise rotation in standard position and a negative angle denotes a clockwise rotation.

From the time of the ancient Babylonians, it has been the practice to divide circles into $360$360 small arcs. The angle subtended at the center by any one of those arcs, is called one degree. In effect, an arc of the circle is used as a measure of the angle it subtends.

In a similar way, we now restrict our attention to circles of radius one unit, this is called the unit circle. We measure angles subtended at the center by arcs of this circle. This method of measuring angles is called radian measure.

Do you remember how to find the circumference of a circle? We use the formula $C=2\pi r$`C`=2π`r`. So if the radius ($r$`r`) is $1$1, then the circumference is $2\pi$2π.

The angle represented by a full turn around the circle is $2\pi$2π radians. This is equivalent to $360^\circ$360°.

A half-circle makes an angle of $\pi$π radians or $180^\circ$180°

and a right-angle is $\frac{\pi}{2}$π2 radians.

An angle of $1$1 radian must be $\frac{360^\circ}{2\pi}\approx57.3^\circ$360°2π≈57.3° .

In practice, angles given in radian measure are usually expressed as fractions of $\pi$π.

Because angles in radian measure are in essence just fractions of the unit circle, they do not require a unit.

Converting between degrees and radians

Since $360^\circ=2\pi$360°=2π radians, it follows that $180^\circ=\pi$180°=π radians and $1^\circ=\frac{\pi}{180}$1°=π180 radians.

**Complete** the table below to find the corresponding radian measures of each angle.

Fraction of a circle | $1$1 (Full Circle) | $\frac{1}{2}$12 | $\frac{1}{3}$13 | $\frac{1}{4}$14 | $\frac{1}{6}$16 | $\frac{1}{8}$18 | $\frac{1}{12}$112 | $\frac{1}{24}$124 | $\frac{1}{36}$136 | $\frac{1}{360}$1360 |
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Measure in degrees | $360^\circ$360° | $180^\circ$180° | $120^\circ$120° | $90^\circ$90° | $60^\circ$60° | $45^\circ$45° | $30^\circ$30° | $15^\circ$15° | $10^\circ$10° | $1^\circ$1° |

Measure in radians | $2\pi$2π | $\pi$π |

**Think:** Since a full circle is $360^\circ$360°, we know that $120^\circ$120° is $\frac{1}{3}$13 of a circle. Since we divide $360$360 by $3$3 to get $120$120, we should also divide $2\pi$2π by $3$3 to find the number of radians. Therefore, $120^\circ=\frac{2\pi}{3}$120°=2π3 radians.

**Do:** Complete the rest of the table in a similar way.

Fraction of a circle | $1$1 (Full Circle) | $\frac{1}{2}$12 | $\frac{1}{3}$13 | $\frac{1}{4}$14 | $\frac{1}{6}$16 | $\frac{1}{8}$18 | $\frac{1}{12}$112 | $\frac{1}{24}$124 | $\frac{1}{36}$136 | $\frac{1}{360}$1360 |
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Measure in degrees | $360^\circ$360° | $180^\circ$180° | $120^\circ$120° | $90^\circ$90° | $60^\circ$60° | $45^\circ$45° | $30^\circ$30° | $15^\circ$15° | $10^\circ$10° | $1^\circ$1° |

Measure in radians | $2\pi$2π | $\pi$π | $\frac{2\pi}{3}$2π3 | $\frac{2\pi}{4}$2π4 | $\frac{2\pi}{6}$2π6 | $\frac{2\pi}{8}$2π8 | $\frac{2\pi}{12}$2π12 | $\frac{2\pi}{24}$2π24 | $\frac{2\pi}{36}$2π36 | $\frac{2\pi}{360}$2π360 |

Simplify the fractions, if possible

Fraction of a circle | $1$1 (Full Circle) | $\frac{1}{2}$12 | $\frac{1}{3}$13 | $\frac{1}{4}$14 | $\frac{1}{6}$16 | $\frac{1}{8}$18 | $\frac{1}{12}$112 | $\frac{1}{24}$124 | $\frac{1}{36}$136 | $\frac{1}{360}$1360 |
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Measure in degrees | $360^\circ$360° | $180^\circ$180° | $120^\circ$120° | $90^\circ$90° | $60^\circ$60° | $45^\circ$45° | $30^\circ$30° | $15^\circ$15° | $10^\circ$10° | $1^\circ$1° |

Measure in radians | $2\pi$2π | $\pi$π | $\frac{2\pi}{3}$2π3 | $\frac{\pi}{2}$π2 | $\frac{\pi}{3}$π3 | $\frac{\pi}{4}$π4 | $\frac{\pi}{6}$π6 | $\frac{\pi}{12}$π12 | $\frac{\pi}{18}$π18 | $\frac{\pi}{180}$π180 |

**Reflect: **What patterns exist in the table of values above?

Convert $90^\circ$90° to radians.

Give your answer in exact form.

Convert $-300^\circ$−300° to radians.

Give your answer in exact form.

Convert $\frac{2\pi}{3}$2π3 radians to degrees.

Convert $4.2$4.2 radians to degrees.

Give your answer correct to one decimal place.

Using the rotation definition of an angle, it's also possible to have an angle that rotates more than once around the circle. Rotations of this type will have measures with a magnitude greater than $360^\circ$360°(or $2\pi$2π).

Because of the rotation definition of an angle, it's possible to have two angles with the same initial and terminal sides but different measures. Angles that are related in this way are called coterminal angles.

In general, an angle coterminal with another angle differs from it by an integer multiple of $2\pi$2π (if measured in radians) or $360^{\circ}$360∘ (if measured in degrees).

**List:** Two negative and two positive angles that are coterminal with $115^{\circ}$115∘.

**Think:** We need only add or subtract multiples of $360^{\circ}$360∘ to obtain the coterminal angles.

**Do:**

$...,-605^{\circ},-245^{\circ},115^{\circ},475^{\circ},835^{\circ},...$...,−605∘,−245∘,115∘,475∘,835∘,...

**Find:** The coterminal angle closest to zero for $\frac{39\pi}{4}$39π4.

**Think:** The number $\frac{39\pi}{4}$39π4 can be written as $\frac{36\pi+3\pi}{4}=9\pi+\frac{3\pi}{4}$36π+3π4=9π+3π4, so it is between $9\pi$9π and $10\pi$10π.

**Do:** We can subtracting $5\times2\pi$5×2π. This gives $\frac{39\pi}{4}-10\pi=-\frac{\pi}{4}$39π4−10π=−π4. The closest coterminal angle to zero is therefore $\frac{-\pi}{4}$−π4.

**Where:** In which quadrant does the angle $7440^{\circ}$7440∘ lie?

**Think:** The strategy will be to remove integer multiples of $360^{\circ}$360∘ until an angle between $0^{\circ}$0∘ and $360^{\circ}$360∘ is reached.

**Do:** By division, we see that $20\times360<7440<21\times360$20×360<7440<21×360.

$7440^\circ-20\times360^\circ$7440°−20×360° | $=$= | $7440^\circ-7200^\circ$7440°−7200° |

$=$= | $240^\circ$240° |

This angle is greater than $180^{\circ}$180∘ and less than $270^{\circ}$270∘ and is therefore in the fourth quadrant.

Find the angle of smallest positive measure that is coterminal with a $489^\circ$489° angle.

Consider an angle of $-58$−58°.

Find the angle of smallest positive measure that is coterminal with $-58$−58°.

Find the angle of smallest negative measure that is coterminal with $-58$−58°.

Which quadrant does $\left(-58\right)^\circ$(−58)° lie in?

quadrant $3$3

Aquadrant $1$1

Bquadrant $4$4

Cquadrant $2$2

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State the expression in terms of $n$`n`, where $n$`n` represents any integer, that generates all angles coterminal with $\frac{\pi}{2}$π2.

$\frac{\pi}{2}$π2$+$+$\editable{}$

In the circle with radius $1$1 centered at the origin, we measure angles of any magnitude between the positive $x$`x`-axis and the radius to a point that moves on the circle. The trigonometric functions of those angles are defined in a manner that guarantees that a function of any angle will be related to the same function of an angle in the first quadrant. We often use $\theta$`θ` for the angle and $\alpha$`α` for the acute reference angle.

The first quadrant or acute angle to which a particular angle is related in this way may be called a reference angle. The reference angle is between $0^\circ$0° and $90^\circ$90°.

To find a reference angle, first, if necessary, add or subtract multiples of $360^\circ$360° to obtain an angle between $0^\circ$0° and $360^\circ$360°. Then, decide what quadrant the angle is in.

If the resulting angle is in the first quadrant, it is the reference angle. $\alpha=\theta$`α`=`θ`

If it is in the second quadrant, subtract it from $180^\circ$180° to obtain the reference angle. $\alpha=180^\circ-\theta$`α`=180°−`θ`

If it is in the third quadrant, subtract $180^\circ$180° from the angle. $\alpha=\theta-180^\circ$`α`=`θ`−180°

In the fourth quadrant, subtract the angle from $360^\circ$360°. $\alpha=360^\circ-\theta$`α`=360°−`θ`

**Find:** the acute reference angle for the angle $-534^\circ$−534°.

**Think:** First, we need to find the angle with the same terminal side which is between $0^\circ$0° and $360^\circ$360°.

**Do:** We add $360^\circ$360° twice to obtain $186^\circ$186°, an angle in the range $0^\circ$0° to $360^\circ$360°.

The angle $186^\circ$186° is in the third quadrant. So, we subtract $180^\circ$180° from it. Hence, the reference angle is $6^\circ$6°.

Find the reference angle for $197^\circ$197°.

Point $P$`P` on the unit circle shows a rotation of $330^\circ$330°.

What acute angle in the first quadrant can $330^\circ$330° be related to?

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We want to find the reference angle for $519^\circ$519°.

First find the coterminal angle to $519^\circ$519° that is between $0^\circ$0° and $360^\circ$360°.

Hence find the reference angle for $519^\circ$519°.

Understand radian measure of an angle as the length of the arc on the unit circle subtended by the angle.