# Thread: determining Sin x as Cos x = sqrt 3/2

1. ## determining Sin x as Cos x = sqrt 3/2

Hello I need help in determining Sin x as Cos x = sqrt 3/2.

What should I know to be able to do this. and how?
I would like a fully detailed explanation if possible.

2. Hello, Meowet!

$\text{If }\cos x = \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\text{, find }\sin x$

We have: . $\cos x \:=\:\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} \:=\:\frac{adj}{hyp}$

$x$ is a in a right triangle with: . $adj = \sqrt{3},\;hyp = 2$

The triangle looks like this:
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*  *
2   *     *
*        *
*           *
* x            *
*  *  *  *  *  *  *
√3

Pythagorus says: . $\text{(opp)}^2 + \text{(adj)}^2 \:=\:\text{(hyp)}^2$

So we have: . $\text{(opp)}^2 + (\sqrt{3})^2 \:=\:2^2 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \text{(opp)}^2 + 3 \:=\:4$

. . Hence: . $\text{(opp)}^2 \:=\:1 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \text{opp} \:=\:1$

Therefore: . $\sin x \;=\;\frac{opp}{hyp} \;=\;\frac{1}{2}$