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Section 4.2 – Trigonometric Functions: The Unit Circle

Section Details.
  • Using the unit circle to define the six trigonometric functions
  • Memorizing the points on the unit circle corresponding to the common angles and using them to evaluate the trigonometric functions at the common angles
  • Properties of the trigonometric functions


Practice Problems


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Evaluate the six trigonometric functions for the following angles: 
a. ​\(\sin \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) g. ​\(\sin 315^\circ\)
b. ​\(\cos \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) h. \(\cos 315^\circ\)
c. \(\tan \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) i. ​\(\tan 315^\circ\)
d. ​\(\cot \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) j. ​\(\cot 315^\circ\)
e. \(\sec \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) k. \(\sec 315^\circ\)
f. ​\(\csc \dfrac{4\pi}{3}\) l. ​\(\csc 315^\circ\)
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a. \(\sin\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\) g. \(\sin315^\circ=-\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\)
b. \(\cos\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=\dfrac{1}{2}\) h. \(\cos315^\circ=\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\)
c. \(\tan\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=\sqrt{3}\) i. \(\tan315^\circ=-1\)
d. \(\cot\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=\dfrac{1}{\sqrt{3}}\) j. \(\cot315^\circ=-1\)
e. \(\sec\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=2\) k. \(\sec315^\circ=\sqrt{2}\)
f. \(\csc\dfrac{4\pi}{3}=\dfrac{2}{\sqrt{3}}\) l. \(\csc315^\circ=-\sqrt{2}\)