The unit circle definition of sine, cosine, and tangent

Learn how the trigonometric ratios are extended to all real numbers using algebra. Start solving simple problems that involve this new definition of the trigonometric functions.
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Learn about radians, which are the official unit of measurement for angles in algebra (in contrast to degrees, which are used in geometry).

Learn about the ingenious way in which we define the trigonometric functions for any real number.

Learn how the graphs of y=sin(θ), y=cos(θ), and y=tan(θ) look, using the unit circle definition of the functions.

Learn about very useful trigonometric identities that arise by considering different properties of the unit circle definition.

Learn how to find the trigonometric values of some special angles without the use of a calculator.

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