In mathematics, the sine is a trigonometric function of an angle. More generally, the definition of sine can be extended to any value in terms of the length of a certain line segment in a unit circle. The function sine can be traced to the jyā and koṭi-jyā functions used in Gupta period Indian astronomy, via translation from Sanskrit to Arabic and then from Arabic to Latin. The word sine comes from a Latin mistranslation of the Arabic jiba, to define the trigonometric functions for an acute angle α, start with any right triangle that contains an angle of measure α, in the accompanying figure, angle A in triangle ABC has measure α. The three sides of the triangle are named as follows, The opposite side is the side opposite to the angle of interest, the hypotenuse is the side opposite the right angle, in this case side h. The hypotenuse is always the longest side of a right-angled triangle, the adjacent side is the remaining side, in this case side b. It forms a side of both the angle of interest and the right angle, once such a triangle is chosen, the sine of the angle is equal to the length of the opposite side divided by the length of the hypotenuse. As stated, the value sin appears to depend on the choice of right triangle containing an angle of measure α, however, this is not the case, all such triangles are similar, and so the ratio is the same for each of them. The trigonometric functions can be defined in terms of the rise, run, when the length of the line segment is 1, sine takes an angle and tells the rise. Sine takes an angle and tells the rise per unit length of the line segment, rise is equal to sin θ multiplied by the length of the line segment. In contrast, cosine is used for telling the run from the angle, arctan is used for telling the angle from the slope. The line segment is the equivalent of the hypotenuse in the right-triangle, in trigonometry, a unit circle is the circle of radius one centered at the origin in the Cartesian coordinate system. Let a line through the origin, making an angle of θ with the half of the x-axis. The x- and y-coordinates of this point of intersection are equal to cos θ and sin, the points distance from the origin is always 1. Unlike the definitions with the triangle or slope, the angle can be extended to the full set of real arguments by using the unit circle. This can also be achieved by requiring certain symmetries and that sine be a periodic function. Exact identities, These apply for all values of θ. sin = cos =1 csc The reciprocal of sine is cosecant, i. e. the reciprocal of sin is csc, or cosec. Cosecant gives the ratio of the length of the hypotenuse to the length of the opposite side, the inverse function of sine is arcsine or inverse sine
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For the angle α, the sine function gives the ratio of the length of the opposite side to the length of the hypotenuse.
Illustration of a unit circle. The radius has a length of 1. The variable t is an angle measure.
The four quadrants of a Cartesian coordinate system.