I'm given the question:

"Explain why cos20 > cos50. Use a diagram in your explanation."

The 20 and 50 have a degree symbol.

I don't understand how to explain it. Can anyone help?

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- Oct 9th 2007, 12:31 PM #1

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- Oct 9th 2007, 12:38 PM #2
Graph the cosine function. Most calculators will use radians. However look at the graph between 0(0 degrees) and pi(180 degrees). You will see that the graph is decreasing. So cos(10)>cos(45)>cos(75)>cos(155) etc. BUT at 180 the graph will begin to increase.