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Trig identities and examples
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Symmetry and periodicity of trig functions

In this tutorial, we will explore the unit circle in more depth so that we can better appreciate how trig functions of an angle might relate to angles that are in some way symmetric within the unit circle. We'll also look at the periodicity of the functions themselves (why they repeat after a certain change in angle).

Pythagorean identity

In this tutorial, we look at the relationship between the definitions of sine, cosine and tangent (both SOH CAH TOA and unit circle definitions) and the Pythagorean theorem to derive and apply the Pythagorean identity. This is the building block of much of the rest of the trigonometric identities and will be surprisingly useful the rest of your life!

Law of cosines and law of sines

The primary tool that we've had to find the length of a side of a triangle given the other two sides has been the Pythagorean theorem, but that only applies to right triangles. In this tutorial, we'll extend this triangle-side-length toolkit with the law of cosines and the law of sines. Using these tool, given information about side lengths and angles, we can figure out things about even non-right triangles that you may have thought weren't even possible!

Trigonometric identities

If you're starting to sense that there may be more to trig functions than meet the eye, you are sensing right. In this tutorial you'll discover exciting and beautiful and elegant and hilarious relationships between our favorite trig functions (and maybe a few that we don't particularly like). Warning: Many of these videos are the old, rougher Sal with the cheap equipment!

Advanced trig examples

This tutorial is a catch-all for a bunch of things that we haven't been able (for lack of time or ability) to categorize into other tutorials :(