“The deep study of nature is the most fruitful source of mathematical discoveries”- Joseph Fourier.
French mathematician Francois Viete used trigonometry in the study of Algebra for solving certain equations by making suitable trigonometric substitutions. His famous formula for π can be derived with repeated use of trigonometric ratios. One of his famous works titled Canon Mathematicus covers trigonometry; it contains trigonometric tables, it also gives the mathematics behind the construction of the tables, and it details how to solve both plane and spherical triangles. He also provided the means for extracting roots and solutions of equations of degree atmost six. Viete introduced the term “coefficient” in mathematics. He provided a simple formula relating the roots of a equation with its coefficients. He also provided geometric methods to solve doubling the cube and trisecting the angle problems. He was also involved in deciphering codes.
· To recall trigonometric ratios.
· To recall fundamental relations between the trigonometric ratios of an angle.
· To recall trigonometric ratios of complementary angles.
· To understand trigonometric identities.
· To know methods of solving problems concerning heights and distances of various objects.
From very ancient times surveyors, navigators and astronomers have made use of triangles to determine distances that could not be measured directly. This gave birth to the branch of mathematics what we call today as “Trigonometry”.
Hipparchus of Rhodes around 200 BC(BCE), constructed a table of chord lengths for a circle of circumference 360 × 60 = 21600 units which corresponds to one unit of circumference for each minute of arc. For this achievement, Hipparchus is considered as “The Father of Trigonometry” since it became the basis for further development.
Indian scholars of the 5th century AD(CE), realized that working with half-chords for half-angles greatly simplified the theory of chords and its application to astronomy. Mathematicians like Aryabhata, the two Bhaskaras and several others developed astonishingly sophisticated techniques for calculating half-chord (Jya) values.
Mathematician Abu Al- Wafa of Baghdad believed to have invented the tangent function, which he called the “Shadow”. Arabic scholars did not know how to translate the word Jya, into their texts and simply wrote jiba as a close approximate word.
Misinterpreting the Arabic word ‘jiba’ for ‘cove’ or ‘bay’, translators wrote the Arabic word ‘jiba’ as ‘sinus’ in Latin to represent the half- chord. From this, we have the name ‘sine’ used to this day. The word “Trigonometry” itself was invented by German mathematician Bartholomaeus Pitiscus in the beginning of 17th century AD(CE).
Let 0° < θ < 90°
From the above two ratios we can obtain other four trigonometric ratios as follows.
All right triangles with θ as one of the angle are similar. Hence the trigonometric ratios defined through such right angle triangles do not depend on the triangle chosen.
Consider a semicircle of radius 1 as shown in the figure.
Let ∠QOP = θ.
Then ∠QOR =90° − θ, so that OPQR forms a rectangle.
From triangle OPQ , OP/OQ = cos θ
But OQ = radius = 1
Therefore OP = OQ cos θ = cos θ
Similarly, PQ/OQ = sin θ
Gives, PQ = OQ sin θ = sin θ (since OQ = 1)
OP = cosθ, PQ = sinθ … (1)
Now, from triangle QOR,
we have OR/OQ = cos(90° − θ)
Therefore, OR = OQ cos(90° − θ)
So, OR = cos(90° − θ)
Similarly, RQ/OQ = sin(90° − θ)
Then, RQ = sin(90° − θ)
OR= cos(90° − θ) , RQ = sin(90° − θ) … (2)
Since OPQR is a rectangle,
OP = RQ and OR = PQ
Therefore from (1) and (2) we get,
Table of Trigonometric Ratios for 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°
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