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4 Transcendental Functions So far we have used only algebraic functions as examples when finding derivatives, that is, functions that can be built up by the usual algebraic operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and raising to constant powers. Both in theory and practice there are other functions, called transcendental, that are very useful. Most important among these are the trigonometric functions, the inverse trigonometric functions, exponential functions, and logarithms. When you first encountered the trigonometric functions it was probably in the context of
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Unformatted text preview: “triangle trigonometry,” defining, for example, the sine of an angle as the “side opposite over the hypotenuse.” While this will still be useful in an informal way, we need to use a more expansive definition of the trigonometric functions. First an important note: while degree measure of angles is sometimes convenient because it is so familiar, it turns out to be ill-suited to mathematical calculation, so (almost) everything we do will be in terms of radian measure of angles. 63...
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