# Thread: Find the indicated trig function HELP ^_^

1. ## Find the indicated trig function HELP ^_^

Find the indicated trig function of
θ, if θ is an angle in standard position with the terminal side defined by the given

point.
(12, 16); Find cos
θ.

answer is 4 over 5 but how do i find this?

Find the indicated trig function of
θ, if θ is an angle in standard position with the terminal side defined by the given

point.
(12, 16); Find cos
θ.

answer is 4 over 5 but how do i find this?

(12, 16) means that the x-coordinate is 12 and the y-coordinate is 16. the x-coordinate gives the horizontal distance while the y gives the vertical distance. this means we form a right-triangle with an acute angle $\theta$ at the origin that has a base length of 12 and a height of 16 (draw a diagram). now all we need to find is the hypotenuse (since cosine = (adjacent)/(hypotenuse)).
$\cos \theta = \frac {\mbox{Adjacent}}{\mbox{Hypotenuse}}$