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    Hi guys.....

    As elementary as this may seen to most of you, and once you have picked yourself up from the floor after laughing, i could do with some help understanding sine, cosine and tangent's.

    First question regarding them: Is it only right angled triangles that this applies to?

    Okay next...... I have drawn a right angled triangle where the angle is measured 69 degrees and the hypotenuse is 8.5cm and the opposite is 8cm.

    Now, calculating the Sine manually (Opposite/Hypotenuse) therefore (8/8.5) I get the figure of........

    0.9411764706

    However, when entering 69 degrees into my calculator and using the Sine function, I get a figure of.......

    ^-.1147848138

    Hmmm..... something isnt going quite my way, or I am doing something wrong? any help would be great. Thanks.


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    Your calculator is set to radians instead of degrees.


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    aaah okay. How many radians are there in a full circle ?

    Can I buy a protractor with radians on them ?
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    Circle has 2pi radians. Don't know about protractors.
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    the conversion from degrees to radians is quite simple

    rads = (degs*pi)/180
    everything is mathematical.
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    Your calculator probably has an option to calculate trig function in degrees.
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    harold is correct but it is better to become familiar with radians early.

    radians actually have a geometric interpretation where as the degree is an arbritary division of the circle.

    radians are used more often in mathematical text.
    everything is mathematical.
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    Okay thanks guys.
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