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Unformatted text preview: Review of Trigonometry, Vector Algebra and Calculus 1. Review of Trigonometry 1.1. Angles An angle is defined as the portion of a plane between two lines. An angle that encom passes the entire plane is said to measure 2 radians, or 360 degrees. C a (adjacent side) (angle) o (opposite side) Fig. 1. Definition of angle, and adjacent and opposite sides to an angle . An angle is measured by taking the ratio of the arc subtended by the angle, and the radius of any circle centered where the two lines meet (point C). The unit of measure of angle is the radians . This is a peculiar unit of measure, as it is dimensionless , since it is the ratio of two lenghts. Radians can be converted to degrees remembering that 2 radians correspond to 360 degrees: [deg] = 360 2 [rad] (1) 1.2. Trigonometric functions Consider the right triangle formed by the intersection of the two lines with any circum eference centered where the two lines meet (Figure 1). The adjacent and opposite sides, and 2 the radius of the circle, define the following trigonometric functions: 1. sine : sin ( ) o r 2. cosine : cos ( ) a r 3. tangent : tan ( ) sin ( ) cos ( ) = o a 4. cotangent : cotan ( ) 1 tan ( ) The sine and cosine functions have a periodic behavior, which repeats itself every 2 radians: a (angle) 2 cosine sine +11 Fig. 2. Sine and cosine functions. There are few important trigonometric relationship that it is useful to remember: sin 2 ( ) + cos 2 ( ) = 1 cos ( ) = cos ( ) cos ( ) sin ( )...
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This note was uploaded on 07/22/2011 for the course PH 111 taught by Professor Bonamente during the Fall '08 term at University of Alabama  Huntsville.
 Fall '08
 BONAMENTE
 Physics

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