Here is the question word for word:
Given that sinA = 7/25, and cosB = 9/41 and neither P(A) nor P(B) are in quadrant 1, find:
I know that my first step in order to do this is solve for the unknowns in order to use an identity to answer the question. When I do this, I get cosA = 24/25 and sinB = 40/41. I have no problem with this step.
It is when I look in my answer key and see that cosA = - 24/25 and sinB = -40/41 that I am confused: why are they negative?
Here's what I already know:
- Cosine is postive in quadrants 1 & 4
- Sin is postive in quadrants 1 & 2
- Tan is postive in quadrants 1 & 3
- Neither point A or point B are in quadrant 1
Still, I don't understand why its negative, I'm having a brain block here.
Originally Posted by saintv
sin A is positive . Since it cant be in the first quadrant , then it must be in the second quadrant . That follows why cos A is negative .
cos B is positive , and it cant be in the first quadrant so it must be in the fourth quadrant , and sin B is negative here .
then use the sin formulas to expand and substitute appropriately .