Help with trig

- DarkBlueChocobo

Help with trig

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- kawii2004

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- DarkBlueChocobo

If tan(theta)>0 and sec(theta)<0 then theta is in which quadrant?

- Astrophysics

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- DarkBlueChocobo

I have not

- DarkBlueChocobo

But I was thinking if tan = sin/cos then sin and cos were are not negative

- DarkBlueChocobo

or they are both negative or both positive?

- Astrophysics

|dw:1443835637183:dw| It's like a quick way to see where the ratios are positive and negative, A represents all positive in that quadrant, S is sin theta, C is cos theta, and T is tan theta. So they are positive in those quadrants where the letter is, and negative in the rest.

- DarkBlueChocobo

so it would be the 3rd quadrant then?

- DarkBlueChocobo

since Tan is positive in quadrant 3 ?

- Astrophysics

Yes, exactly!

- DarkBlueChocobo

Well thank you for the new method of solving that. That makes everything a lot more easy

- Astrophysics

It's a pretty handy trick if you don't want to spend a bunch of time on these problems, but know how the ratios work, :)

- DarkBlueChocobo

Explain how the ratios work? I was thinking if tan is > 0 then sin and cos must be positive in order to get out positive

- Astrophysics

I mean ratio as in if you have triangles, because \[\tan \theta = \frac{ y }{ x }\]

- Astrophysics

\[\sin \theta = \frac{ y }{ r }\] \[\cos \theta = \frac{ x }{ r }\] \[\tan \theta = \frac{ \sin \theta }{ \cos \theta } = \frac{ \frac{ y }{ r } }{ \frac{ x }{ r } } = \frac{ y }{ x }\]

- DarkBlueChocobo

yes but where does that relate to in quadrants?

- DarkBlueChocobo

i understand the unit circle and stuff I just don't get like what that have to deal with finding it like if it was sin>0 and cos<0
Then you could pinpoint that it was in the 2nd quad cause that's where that is true

- Astrophysics

Ok lets look at the quadrants |dw:1443836610435:dw| negative*negative = + that's why tan theta is positive

- Astrophysics

Does that make sense? Or still a bit confused?

- DarkBlueChocobo

I mean i get that a - * - is a positive. I don't get how it relates to tan though

- DarkBlueChocobo

oh wait

- DarkBlueChocobo

you are saying if -y/-x=+yx?

- DarkBlueChocobo

I would get why that is positive then nevermind

- Astrophysics

Don't over think, it's not as hard as it seems, remember that these trig functions are all related to right triangles, so that's how we really get these ratios it's just \[r = \sqrt{x^2+y^2}\]

- DarkBlueChocobo

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