More Topics on Trigonometry
We can get three more trigonometric functions by taking the reciprocals of three basic functions: sine, cosine and tangent.
The secant function is the reciprocal of the cosine function. The abbreviation of secant is sec.
The cosecant function is the reciprocal of the sine function. The abbreviation of cosecant is csc or cosec.
The cotangent function is the reciprocal of the tangent function. The abbreviation of cotangent is cot.
Given that , and that θ is acute, find, without using a calculator, the value of
a) sec θ
b) cot θ
Theta is in the first quadrant.
We can use Pythagoras theorem to get the third side.
a) We then get that
b) We have
Reciprical Ratios: Cosecant Secant Cotangent
Opposite Sides, Adjacent Sides and Hypotenuse of a Right Triangle.
Definition of Cos, Sin, Tan, Csc, Sec, Cot
We welcome your feedback, comments and questions about this site or page. Please submit your feedback or enquiries via our Feedback page.