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In this lesson, we will look at co-function identities.**What are the Co-function Identities?**

A function f is cofunction of a function g if f(A) = g(B) when A and B are complementary angles.

sin A = cos(90° - A)

cos A = sin(90° - A)

sin A = cos B, if A + B = 90°

sec A = csc(90° - A)

csc A = sec(90° - A)

sec A = csc B, if A + B = 90°

tan A = cot(90° - A)

cot A = tan(90° - A)

tan A = cot B, if A + B = 90°

**Cofunction Identities**

This video explains the cofunction identities and how to determine cofunctions given a function value.

What is a cofunction.

Finding the cofunction.

Using the cofunction relationship

Examples:

Write each function in terms of its cofunction.

1. sin(18°)

2. tan(65°)

3. csc(84°)

Write each function in terms of its cofunction.

1. cos(π/4)

2. cot(π/3)

3. sec(&pi/6)

**How to use cofunction identities to solve trigonometric equations?**
Examples:

Find a possible acute angle solution

cos(2θ + 16°) = sin(θ + 11°)

Find a possible acute angle solution

cot(θ) = tan(θ + π/6)

**Cofunctions**

Example:

If sin 72° = 0.9511

find cos 18°

**Cofunction Identities in Trigonometry**

The cofunction identities state that

The value of any trigonometric function at x is equal to the value of the cofunction at (π/2 - x).

cos(π/2 - x) = sin x

sin(π/2 - x) = cos x

tan(π/2 - x) = cot x

cot(π/2 - x) = tan x

sec(π/2 - x) = csc x

csc(π/2 - x) = sec x

More Lessons for Trigonometry

Math Worksheets

In this lesson, we will look at co-function identities.

A function f is cofunction of a function g if f(A) = g(B) when A and B are complementary angles.

sin A = cos(90° - A)

cos A = sin(90° - A)

sin A = cos B, if A + B = 90°

sec A = csc(90° - A)

csc A = sec(90° - A)

sec A = csc B, if A + B = 90°

tan A = cot(90° - A)

cot A = tan(90° - A)

tan A = cot B, if A + B = 90°

This video explains the cofunction identities and how to determine cofunctions given a function value.

What is a cofunction.

Finding the cofunction.

Using the cofunction relationship

Examples:

Write each function in terms of its cofunction.

1. sin(18°)

2. tan(65°)

3. csc(84°)

Write each function in terms of its cofunction.

1. cos(π/4)

2. cot(π/3)

3. sec(&pi/6)

Find a possible acute angle solution

cos(2θ + 16°) = sin(θ + 11°)

Find a possible acute angle solution

cot(θ) = tan(θ + π/6)

Example:

If sin 72° = 0.9511

find cos 18°

The cofunction identities state that

The value of any trigonometric function at x is equal to the value of the cofunction at (π/2 - x).

cos(π/2 - x) = sin x

sin(π/2 - x) = cos x

tan(π/2 - x) = cot x

cot(π/2 - x) = tan x

sec(π/2 - x) = csc x

csc(π/2 - x) = sec x

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