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Thought-Process to Discover Knowledge
Welcome to the only place where the essence of trigonometry is explained.
• a right-triangle is specified by 2 independent parameters.
• That means, if an angle and the length of a side is given, then one should be able to calculate the length of the other two sides.
• What property one can use to calculate the above? For a given angle, the ratio of sides is a constant.
Thus, the ratio of sides comes into existence as `sin`, `cos`, `tan` etc. The thought-process is revolutionary and aweinspiring.
Beyond the definitions of trigonometric ratios, the following are covered.
• trigonometric ratios for standard angles
• trigonometric identities based on Pythagoras Theorem
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Basics of Trigonometry
In this lesson, first the basics required to understand trigonometry are revised. Then, the revolutionary and aweinspiring explanation of trigonometric ratios is provided.
• A triangle has `6` or `7` parameters (`3` sides, `3` angles, sometimes height as the `7`th parameter)
• It has `3` independent parameters, meaning the other parameters can be calculated from the given `3`.
• A right triangle has `2` independent parameters, as one angle is already given as `90^@`.
• Given an angle and a side (which are the `2` independent parameters), how to compute the other two sides?
• The answer is that, given an angle, the ratio of two sides is a known constant. So, the known constant and the given side are used to compute the other sides.
This leads to defining the trigonometric ratios (ratio of sides as known constant) `sin`, `cos`, `tan`.