anonymous
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question about the proof of trig addition formulas for cos:
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anonymous
  • anonymous
sorry about the scrolling: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Proofs_of_trigonometric_identities on the part with the diagram for trig addition formulas, where does "RPQ = (PI/2) - RPQ" come from?
anonymous
  • anonymous
also any sites with a better, easy to understand, definition would be greatly appriciated
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RPQ = pi/2 - RQP pi/2 radians is 90 degrees. RPQ = 90 degrees - RQP which we can see because that triangle is a right triangle, so the other two angles have to be complementary to add up to 180 degrees interior.

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anonymous
  • anonymous
but PRQ is only one of the complementary angles, how do i know that it is half of 90?
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I believe PRQ is meant to be a right angle, 90 degrees or pi/2 radians, although it doesn't appear to be indicated as such...
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|dw:1357875756276:dw| Just drawing diagram here
anonymous
  • anonymous
im sorry we got it switched around somewhere its RPQ not PQR
anonymous
  • anonymous
they are proving that RPQ=alpha
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Since PRQ is a right triangle with right angle PRQ, RPQ and RQP are complementary.
anonymous
  • anonymous
OH RPQ is a TRIANGLE! oops
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the pi/2 is just radians, i was using degrees. sorry if that is confusing...
anonymous
  • anonymous
no its not i understand radians
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Ah, okay. :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
aha i see it, thank you very much!
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You're welcome! :)

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