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## Introduction to the trigonometric angle addition identities

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# Proof of the sine angle addition identity

## Video transcript

Voiceover: What I hope to do
in this video is prove the angle addition formula for sine, or in particular prove that the sine of x plus y is equal to the sine of x times the cosine of -- I forgot my x. Sine of x times the cosine of y plus cosine of x times the sine of y. The way I'm going to do it is with this diagram right over here. You can view it as, it has
this red right triangle. It has this right triangle
that has a hypotenuse of one. You could say this triangle ADC. It has it stacked on
top of, its base is the hypotenuse of triangle
ACD, which I could, I'm going to outline it in
blue since I already labelled the measure of
this angle as being y. AC which is the base
of triangle ADC is the hypotenuse of triangle
ABC. They're stacked on top of each other like
that, just like that. The way I'm going to think
about it is first if you just look at this what is sine
of x plus y going to be? Well x plus y is this entire
angle right over here. If you look at this right
triangle, right triangle ADF, we know that the sine of an angle is the opposite side over the hypotenuse. Well the hypotenuse here
is one so the sine of this is the opposite over one,
or the sine of this angle, the sine of x plus y is equal to the length of this opposite side. So sine of x plus y is going to be equal to the length of segment DF. What I'm going to try to do
is, okay, length of segment DF is essentially what we're
looking for but we can decompose the length of
segment DF into two segments. We can decompose it into length of segment DE and the length of segment EF. We can say that DF, which
is the same thing as sine of x plus y, the length of segment DF is the same thing, is
equal to the length of segment DE plus the length of segment EF. EF is of course the same thing
as the length of segment CB. ECBF, this right over here is a rectangle so EF is the same thing as CB. So this thing is going to be
equal to DE right over here, length of segment DE plus
the length of segment CB. Once again the way I'm
going to address this, the sine of x plus y which
is the length of DF and DF can be decomposed as the
lengths of DE and CB. Now with that as a hint I
encourage you to figure out what the length of segment DE is
in terms of x's and y's and sines and cosines, and also
figure out what the length of segment CB is in terms of x's
and y's and sines and cosines. Try to figure out as much as you can about this and these two might fall out of that. I'm assuming you've given
a go at it so now that we know that sine of x plus y
can be expressed this way, let's see if we can
figure these things out. I'm going to try to
address it by figuring out as many lengths and angles here as I can. Let's go to this top red
triangle right over here. Its hypotenuse has length one so what's going to be the length of segment DC? That is the opposite
side of our angle x so we know sine of x is equal to DC over one, or DC over one is just DC. This length right over here is sine of x. Segment AC, same exact logic. Cosine of x is the length of AC over one which is just the length of AC. This length right over here, segment AC its length is cosine of x. That's kind of interesting. Now
let's see what we can figure out about this triangle,
triangle ACB right over here. How could we figure out CB? Well we know that sine of
y, let me write this here. Sine of y is equal to what? It's equal to the length of
segment CB over the hypotenuse. The hypotenuse here is the cosine of x, and I think you might see
where all of this is leading. At any point if you get excited pause the video and try to finish
the proof on your own. The length of segment CB if we just multiply both sides by cosine of x, the length of segment CB is equal to cosine of x times sine of y. Which is neat because we
just showed that this thing right over here is equal to
this thing right over here. To complete our proof we
just need to prove that this thing is equal to this
thing right over there. If that's equal to that
and that's equal to that well we already know that
the sum of these is equal to the length of DF which
is sine of x plus y. Let's see if we can figure out,
if we can express DE somehow. What angle would be useful?
If somehow we could figure out this angle up here or maybe
this angle, well let's see. If we could figure out
this angle then DE we could express in terms of this
angle and sine of x. Let's see if we can figure out that angle. We know this is angle y over here and we also know that this is a right angle. EC is parallel to AB so you
could view AC as a transversal. If this is angle y right over here then we know this is also angle y. These are once again, notice.
If AC is a transversal here and EC and AB are parallel then
if this is y then that is y. If that's y then this is 90 minus y. If this is 90 degrees and
this is 90 minus y then these two angles combined
add up to 180 minus y, and if all three of these add up to 180 then this thing up here
must be equal to y. Validate that. y plus 90 minus
y plus 90 is 180 degrees, and that is useful for
us because now we can express segment DE in
terms of y and sine of x. What is DE to y? It's the adjacent angle, so we can think of cosine. We know that the cosine
of angle y, if we look at triangle DEC right over here,
we know that the cosine of y is equal to segment DE over
its hypotenuse, over sine of x. You should be getting excited
right about now because we've just shown, if we multiply
both sides by sine of x, we've just shown that DE is equal to sine of x times cosine of y. We've now shown that
this is equal to this. We already showed that CB
is equal to that, so the sum of DE and CB which is the
same thing as the sum of DE and EF is the sine of x plus
y which is that over there. We are done, we have proven the angle addition formula for sine.