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## Topic B: Lesson 14: Graphing the tangent function

# Tangent identities: symmetry

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## Video transcript

Voiceover:The previous video we explored how the cosine and sines of angles relate. We essentially take the
terminal ray of the angle and we reflect it about the X
or the Y axis, or both axes. What I want to do in this
video is think a little bit about the tangent of
these different angles. So just as a little bit of a reminder, we know that the tangent
of theta is equal to the sine of an angle over
the cosine of an angle, and by the Unit Circle Definition, it's essentially saying,
"What is the slope "of the terminal ray right over here?" We remind ourselves
slope is rise over run. It is our change in the vertical axis over our change in the horizontal axis. If we're starting at the
origin, what is our change in the vertical axis if we
go from zero to sine theta? Well, our change in the
vertical axis is sine theta. What is our change in the horizontal axis? It's cosine of theta. So this is change in Y over change in X for the terminal ray. So the tangent of theta
is the sine of theta over cosine of theta, or you could view it as the slope of this ray right over here. Lets think about what other angles are going to have the exact
same tangent of theta? This ray is collinear with
this ray right over here. In fact if you put them
together you get a line. So the tangent of this
angle right over here, this pink angle going all the way around, the tangent of pi plus theta, or the tangent of theta plus pi, obviously you could write theta plus pi instead of pi plus theta. This should be, just based
on this slope argument, this should be equal to
the tangent of theta. Lets see if this actually is the case. So these two things should be equal if we agree that the
tangent of an angle is equal to the slope of the terminal ray. Of course the other side of the angle is going to be the positive X axis based on the conventions that we've set up. Lets think about what it
is when the tangent of theta plus pi is in
terms of sine and cosine. Let me write this down in the pink color. The tangent. That's not pink. The tangent of pi plus theta,
that's going to be equal to, put the parentheses to avoid ambiguity, that's equal to the sine of pi plus theta, or theta plus pi, over the
cosine of theta plus pi. And in the previous video we established that the sine of theta plus pi, that's the same thing
as negative sine theta. So this is equal to negative sine theta. And the cosine of theta plus pi, we already established that's the same thing as negative cosine of theta. We have a negative divided by a negative that you could say the
negatives cancel out, and we're left with sine
theta over cosine theta, which is indeed tangent of theta, so we can feel pretty good about that. Now what about the points, or the terminal rays right over here? Lets think about this point. What is the tangent of
negative theta going to be? We know that the tangent of negative theta is the same thing as the
sine of negative theta over the cosine of negative theta, and we already established
the sine of negative theta, that's negative sine theta. We see that right over here, sine of negative theta. That's the negative, that's the opposite, of the sine of theta,
so we have that there, but the cosine of negative theta is the same thing as the cosine of theta, so these things are the same. So we're left with
negative sine theta over cosine of theta, which is the same thing, equal to, negative tangent theta. So we see here if you take
the negative of the angle, you're going to get the
negative of the tangent, and that's because the
sine, the numerator, in our definition of tangent, changes signs, but the
denominator does not. So the tangent of negative theta is the same thing as
negative tangent of theta. Now, what about this
point right over here? Well over here, relative to theta, when we're looking at pi minus theta, so when we're looking at
tangent of pi minus theta, that's sine of pi minus theta
over cosine of pi minus theta. and we already established
in the previous video, that sine of pi minus theta
is equal to sine of theta, and we see that right over here, they have the exact same sines, so this is equal to sine of theta, while cosine of pi minus theta, well, it's the opposite
of cosine of theta, it's the negative of cosine of theta. And so this once again is going to be equal to the
negative sine over cosine, or the negative tangent of
theta, which makes sense. This ray should have the same slope as this ray right over here. And we see that slope, we could view this as negative tangent of theta. And we see just looking at these two, if you combine the rays, that these two intersecting lines have the negative slope of each other, they're mirror
images across the X axis. And so, we've just seen,
if you take an angle and you add pi to the
angle, you're tangent won't change because you're going to essentially be sitting on the same line. pi, everything in degrees,
you're going 180 degrees around. You're going the opposite direction but the slope of your ray has not changed. So tangent of theta is the same thing as the tangent of theta plus pi, but if you take the
negative of your angle, then you're going to get
the negative of your tangent or, if you were to go
over here, and if you were to take pi minus your
angle, then you're also going to get the negative of your tangent. Hopefully this makes you a little bit, this is very useful when you're trying to work though trigonometric problems or try to find relationships
or even when we're trying to use our identities
or prove our identities, and essentially what we've done here is we have proven some identities, but it's really helpful
to think about these symmetrys that we have
within the unit circle.