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.. each of the angles FAB, FBA of the triangle FAB is double of the third angle AFB. ...AFB+ 2.2 AFB+2.. AFB = 180°, i.e. 5.. AFB= 180°,
.. LAFB= 36o. Join FC. Then FC bisects angle AFB and is perpendicular to AB.
AF .. LAFC = 18°, and cosec AFC:
AC. Now let AC=CB=1. Then AB= BD = 2, and CEP = CD2=CB2 + BDP = 1+ 22 = 5, .. CE=15. and AF=BF= AE=CE + AC = 15+1.
.. cosec 18° = 15+ 1. The following construction gives the ratios of 18° or 72° and of 54° or 36° in their simplest form.
In the above figure, with centre ( and radius OF or OA describe a circle FAGE cutting AB produced in E, and FB produced in G. From F and G drop FC, GH perpendiculars on AE. These perpendiculars being drawn from the extremities F, G of the diameter FG cut off equal segments from the chord AE.
.. HE=AC and AH=CE.
FG=2. FO=2. AB=4,
from A FG A, sin 54°=(15+1), cos 54°=1/(10-2/5),
(5 – 20/5)
(10 – 22/5)
sec 54°= 15
15 from A AFC, cot 18°= N(5+2,75), cox 18°=J5+1,
from A EGH, cot 54°=J(5 – 2,75), cox 54°=J5 – 1. It may be observed that the lengths below A E have the same form as the corresponding lengths above AE, but a minus sign instead of a plus sign. Thus the corresponding ratios of 18° and of 54o have the same algebraical form, except for the sign of the second term. More
sign occurs in the primary ratios of 18° and in the secondary ratios of 54o. This last fact may be connected with the results of Art. 114.
Example. Hence show that
113. To find the limiting values of the ratios as the triangle of reference collapses into a straight line. The triangle of reference OMP collapses into a straight line,
when either the base OM or the
Now the ratio of two finite equal lengths is unity : = 1.
0 The ratio of zero to any finite length is zero : = 0.
The ratio of any finite length to zero is infinity: 6
[For a fraction varies in the same direction as its numerator, but in the opposite direction to its denominator. Hence, if the numerator decreases indefinitely, the fraction decreases indefinitely :-0/f=0. But if the denominator decreases indefinitely, the fraction increases indefinitely :-f/0=00.] Hence the limiting values of the ratios are
0, 1 or o.
f In this table the student should observe :
(1) That, the angles 0 and 90° being complementary, any ratio of the one=the co-ratio of the other.
(2) Since, for certain limiting angles, the sin, cos, sec or cox equals 1, strictly we must say of sin and cos—not that they are always less than l—but that they are never greater than 1: and of sec and coxnot that they are always greater than 1—but that they are never less than 1.
(3) The primary ratios have their minimum values at 0, and their maximum values at 90°.
The secondary ratios have their maximum values at 0, and their minimum values at 90°.
114. General changes in value of the ratios, as the angle changes from 0 to 90°. Let a line of constant length
Z OP revolve from any position 01. It will describe a continuously increasing angle, as its extremity P traces out the quadrant of a circle.
Drop a perpendicular PM
Then, as the angle IOP increases from 0 to 90°, OP remains constant: MPO
M I increases : OM decreases. Now, the perp. MP is in the numerator of sin and tan;
but in the denominator of cox and cot. And the base OM is in the numerator of cos and cot;
but in the denominator of sec and tan. Thus as the angle increases from 0 to 90°, the primary ratios, sin, tan, sec increase : while the secondary ratios, cos, cot, cox decrease.
From 0 to 90°,
The results of some of the preceding articles exemplify these state
ments : e. g.
115. A Trigonometrical equation is an equation connecting the ratios of some unknown angle which has to be found.
The solution generally requires the following three steps:
(1) Express the different ratios which occur in terms of one single ratio ; by means of the formulæ of this or the preceding chapter.
(2) Find the value of this one ratio by the purely algebraic process of solving an equation.
(3) Put down the acute angle, whose ratio has the value found, by applying inversely the results of this chapter on the values of the ratios of specific angles.
Example 1. Solve 2 sin 6=1.
tan (2) .: 13. tan+/3=4 tan 6,
tan A -1,
tan A+ 13
3 3' 2
13 or 13 13
13 (3) Reference to Art. 108 shows that 0=60° or 30°.