Ch 20: Using Trigonometric Functions: Tutoring Solution

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The Using Trigonometric Functions chapter of this High School Precalculus Tutoring Solution is a flexible and affordable path to learning about the use of trig functions. These simple and fun video lessons are each about five minutes long and they teach all of the operations involving trigonometric functions required in a typical high school precalculus course.

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  • Begin your assignment or other precalculus work.
  • Identify the trigonometric functions concepts that you're stuck on.
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  • Complete the quizzes to test your understanding.
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This chapter of our high school precalculus tutoring solution will benefit any student who is trying to learn how to use trig functions and earn better grades. This resource can help students including those who:

  • Struggle with understanding sine, cosine, cotangent, secant, cosecant, the double angle formula or any other trigonometric functions topic
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Learning Objectives

  • Become familiar with the basic trigonometric functions of sine, cosine and tangent.
  • Understand the trigonometric functions of cotangent, secant and cosecant.
  • Memorize the first quadrant of the unit circle.
  • Use the unit circle to relate right triangles to sine and cosine.
  • Solve problems involving circular trigonometric functions.
  • Describe the types and properties of special right triangles.
  • Determine the trigonometric function values of special angles.
  • Become familiar with the law of sines and law of cosines.
  • Discuss the double angle formula.
  • Convert between radians and degrees.

12 Lessons in Chapter 20: Using Trigonometric Functions: Tutoring Solution
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Trigonometry: Sine and Cosine

1. Trigonometry: Sine and Cosine

Learn an easy trick to help you solve trigonometry problems, including problems with sine, cosine and inverse trig functions. At the end of this lesson, you'll know what SohCahToa means and how to use it.

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.

Inversely Proportional: Definition, Formula & Examples

12. Inversely Proportional: Definition, Formula & Examples

In this lesson, you will understand the definition of the term 'inversely proportional' and be able to write the algebraic expressions for inverse variations. You will also be able to apply the inverse variation relationships to solve different types of problems.

Chapter Practice Exam
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