# Grade 11 Trigonometry Question

• Feb 18th 2009, 01:50 PM
s3a
Grade 11 Trigonometry Question
Let's say I am given an angle of (5*pie)/6.

P((5*pie/6)) = (x, y). I know that for x I do cos of the angle and for y, I do sin of the angle but, what I do not know how to do is to get a NON-DECIMAL answer. My teacher gave me some paper with questions that tells me to NOT use a calculator.

For example for the x coordinate:

cos ((5*pie)/6) ~ -0.87 (an approximate answer)...how do I know that I need to get -(sqrt(3)/2) instead? Do I HAVE to memorize this kind of thing or is there a method to solve this?
• Feb 18th 2009, 02:20 PM
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Originally Posted by s3a
Let's say I am given an angle of (5*pie)/6.

P((5*pie/6)) = (x, y). I know that for x I do cos of the angle and for y, I do sin of the angle but, what I do not know how to do is to get a NON-DECIMAL answer. My teacher gave me some paper with questions that tells me to NOT use a calculator.

For example for the x coordinate:
$\displaystyle \cos{\frac{5\pi}{6}} = \cos{(\pi - \frac{\pi}{6})} = -\cos{\frac{\pi}{6}} = -\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$.