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Postby Soconfusedkid on Mon Feb 28, 2011 11:40 pm

Hey guys whats up?
So I have a slight issue i missed a day of school and i have no idea how to solve this problem. Please help me? Show work too please/ explain so it makes sense lol. Thanks

If coT c = - radical 15 and <C is in quadrant IV, find csc C.

I'm lost all i got

CosC/sinC = - radical 15

Cos^2C/Sin^2C=15

and then (sinC)(-radical15)=cosC

I have no idea if this is even remotely correct please let me know and show what is next?


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Postby stapel_eliz on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:36 am

Soconfusedkid wrote:If coT c = - radical 15 and <C is in quadrant IV, find csc C.

Draw the x,y-plane.

Draw a right triangle in the fourth quadrant, with the triangle "hanging" from the x-axis (that is, with one leg being on the positive x-axis). Label the angle at the origin as "C".

Use what you know about the cotangent ratio to label the two legs of the triangle, noting that the y-value must be negative, and using the fact that:

. . . . .

Then use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the length of the hypotenuse.

Now that you have all three sides labelled, read off the value of the cosecant. :wink:
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Re: Pythgorean Identity

Postby Soconfusedkid on Tue Mar 01, 2011 1:57 am

I feel really stupid :/ ok so coT is cos/sin so how would I figure out the sides of the triangle? And and -15/1 as the y-value? I'm lost sorry :/
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Postby stapel_eliz on Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:10 pm

Soconfusedkid wrote:I feel really stupid :/ ok so coT is cos/sin so how would I figure out the sides of the triangle?

Hint: SOHCAHTOA

Soconfusedkid wrote:And and -15/1 as the y-value?

Relate the values in the fraction to the sides in the trig ratio to label two sides of the triangle. :wink:
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Re: Pythgorean Identity

Postby Soconfusedkid on Tue Mar 01, 2011 2:06 pm

Awesome Thanks I think I got it.... is the answer 4?
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Postby stapel_eliz on Wed Mar 02, 2011 12:18 am

Soconfusedkid wrote:Awesome Thanks I think I got it.... is the answer 4?

Close. But you need to take the signs in the fourth quadrant into account. :wink:
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