"Why is cosθ=sin(90-θ)? Use the figure to help explain."

I attached the image.

In this instance, I am at a complete loss...

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- Jul 24th 2010, 11:33 AMwiseguyStumped... cosθ=sin(90-θ)
"Why is cosθ=sin(90-θ)? Use the figure to help explain."

I attached the image.

In this instance, I am at a complete loss...

?? - Jul 24th 2010, 11:51 AMAckbeet
Drop a perpendicular from the point (u,v) down to the u axis, and another perpendicular from (u,v) horizontally over to the v axis. Label the line from the origin to (u,v) - call it h. Now, you tell me: from the definitions, what is the cosine of theta? What is the sin of (90 - theta)?

- Jul 24th 2010, 11:52 AMMathelogician
Make right triangles from the point (u,v) and use the definitions of sine and cosine. Or use a unit circle for another geometric proof.

But it's simpler to use the sine Difference Formula! - Jul 24th 2010, 12:17 PMArchie Meade
For simplicity, if you draw a single right-angled triangle.

One acute angle is and the other is since the acute angles sum to 90 degrees in a right-angled triangle.

Place at the acute angle coming away from the base.

Label that side at "base"

Then as the base is__adjacent__

as the base is__opposite__the angle