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Ch 54: MTEL Math: Trigonometric Functions

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Improve your ability to succeed on the MTEL Mathematics assessment by brushing up on your knowledge of trigonometric functions. This chapter explores the subject area through fun and engaging video lessons that are presented by expert instructors.

MTEL Math: Trigonometric Functions - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter make sure you're ready to answer trigonometric functions questions on the MTEL assessment. Once you've reviewed them, you will be able to answer questions that ask you to:

  • Demonstrate how to graph sine and cosine
  • Describe cotangent, secant and other trigonometric functions
  • Explain unit circle and how to memorize the first quadrant
  • Use unit circles to relate right triangles to sine and cosine
  • Practice working with circular trigonometric functions
  • Identify types and properties of special right triangles
  • Discuss trigonometric function values of special angles and the double-angle formula
  • Define the laws of sines and cosines, and convert between radians and degrees

Make sure the lessons suit your studying needs by reviewing them in the sequence of your choice. You can return to the videos as often as you'd like, and watch them any time, day or night, until you're sure you've absorbed the materials.

MTEL Math: Trigonometric Functions Chapter Objectives

Educators take the MTEL Mathematics assessment to qualify for licensure required to teach the subject in Massachusetts classrooms. The computer-based test is divided into six subareas and consists of 100 multiple-choice questions and two open-response assignments. It lasts four hours and 15 minutes, and it requires a minimum score of 240 to pass.

The lessons in this chapter cover topics found in the trigonometry, calculus and discrete mathematics subarea of the test. This subarea constitutes about 16% of the total assessment and consists of all multiple-choice questions. In addition to watching the lessons in this chapter to brush up on your knowledge of trigonometric functions, you can take self-assessment quizzes and a chapter exam to gauge your comprehension. If you have any questions about lesson topics, feel free to submit them to our experts.

11 Lessons in Chapter 54: MTEL Math: Trigonometric Functions
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Graphing Sine and Cosine

1. Graphing Sine and Cosine

Sine and cosine aren't just for triangles; they can also be waves. See them graphed on the unit circle and then learn how that translates into the sine and cosine waves.

Other Trigonometric Functions: Cotangent, Secant & Cosecant

2. Other Trigonometric Functions: Cotangent, Secant & Cosecant

After watching this video lesson, you will understand how the trigonometric functions cotangent, secant, and cosecant are related to the sine, cosine, and tangent functions.

Unit Circle: Memorizing the First Quadrant

3. Unit Circle: Memorizing the First Quadrant

Memorizing the unit circle can be a daunting task, but this lesson will show you a pattern to help you memorize the points, degree measures, and radian measures for the entire first quadrant.

Using Unit Circles to Relate Right Triangles to Sine & Cosine

4. Using Unit Circles to Relate Right Triangles to Sine & Cosine

The unit circle is a helpful tool for understanding trigonometric concepts. In this lesson, we'll look at right triangles on the unit circle to better grasp sine and cosine.

Practice Problems with Circular Trigonometric Functions

5. Practice Problems with Circular Trigonometric Functions

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to use the unit circle to help you find your answer to trig problems without making too many calculations. Watch and learn how you can find your angle in radians on the unit circle.

Special Right Triangles: Types and Properties

6. Special Right Triangles: Types and Properties

Not all right triangles are the same. In this lesson, we'll look at two special right triangles (30-60-90 and 45-45-90) that have unique properties to help you quickly and easily solve certain triangle problems.

Trigonometric Function Values of Special Angles

7. Trigonometric Function Values of Special Angles

After watching this video lesson, you will better understand the six trigonometric functions. You will also know what special angles there are and what the trigonometric values for these special angles are.

Law of Sines: Definition and Application

8. Law of Sines: Definition and Application

Don't get stuck trying to find missing sides or angles in a triangle. Use the Law of Sines to rescue you from any perilous triangle in which you have just a few pieces of information.

Law of Cosines: Definition and Application

9. Law of Cosines: Definition and Application

In this lesson, we'll learn how to solve problems involving three sides and one angle in a triangle. The Law of Cosines, a modification of the Pythagorean Theorem, will save the day.

The Double Angle Formula

10. The Double Angle Formula

When you encounter a doubled angle, there are special formulas that can help you handle trigonometric value. In this lesson, we'll define and practice using the double angle formulas for sine, cosine and tangent.

Converting Between Radians and Degrees

11. Converting Between Radians and Degrees

Angles can be measured in degrees or radians. This lesson will explore the difference and provide you with a simple calculation that can be used to convert degrees into radians and radians into degrees.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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