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'''Trigonometry''' is the study of angles and [[triangle]]s, relying heavily on three basic functions:  [[sine]], [[cosine]] and [[tangent]]. These functions are abbreviated as "sin", "cos" and "tan".
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'''Trigonometry''' is the study of angles and [[triangle]]s, relying heavily on three basic functions:  [[sine]], [[cosine]] and [[tangent]], and their inverses, [[Cotangent]] (Cot), [[Secant]] (sec) and [[Cosecant]] (csc).   These functions are abbreviated as "sin", "cos" and "tan".
  
 
These functions are defined by reference to a "right triangle," which is a triangle in which one angle is 90 degrees.
 
These functions are defined by reference to a "right triangle," which is a triangle in which one angle is 90 degrees.

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Trigonometry is the study of angles and triangles, relying heavily on three basic functions: sine, cosine and tangent, and their inverses, Cotangent (Cot), Secant (sec) and Cosecant (csc). These functions are abbreviated as "sin", "cos" and "tan".

These functions are defined by reference to a "right triangle," which is a triangle in which one angle is 90 degrees.

A right triangle
A way to remember the relationships is the mnemonic SOH-CAH-TOA ("soak a toe"). Think of a man soaking his toe in a tub of water - preferably a three-sided tub!
  • SOH: Sine = opposite over hypotenuse
  • CAH: Cosine = adjacent over hypotenuse
  • TOA: Tangent = opposite over adjacent

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