# Dictionary:Trigonometric identities

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Some statements which hold for all angles are shown in Figure T-15.

## Trigonometric Identities

### Euler's relation

• From complex analysis we learn that a complex number $z=x+iy=r(\cos \theta +i\sin \theta )=re^{i\theta }$ • $r={\sqrt {x^{2}+y^{2}}}$ is called the modulus
• $\theta =\arctan(y/x)$ is the called the phase

### Complex exponential form of sine and cosine

• $\cos \theta ={\frac {e^{i\theta }+e^{-i\theta }}{2}}$ • $\sin \theta ={\frac {e^{i\theta }-e^{-i\theta }}{2i}}$ ### Double angle formulas

• $\cos ^{2}\theta ={\frac {1}{2}}\left[1+\cos 2\theta \right]$ • $\sin ^{2}\theta ={\frac {1}{2}}\left[1-\cos 2\theta \right]$ ### Cosine and Sine of a sum and difference of angles

• $\cos(\theta _{1}\pm \theta _{2})=\cos \theta _{1}\cos \theta _{2}\mp \sin \theta _{1}\sin \theta _{2}$ • $\sin(\theta _{1}\pm \theta _{2})=\sin \theta _{1}\cos \theta _{2}\pm \sin \theta _{2}\cos \theta _{1}$ ### Products of Cosines and Sines

• $\cos \theta _{1}\cos \theta _{2}={\frac {1}{2}}\left[\cos(\theta _{1}+\theta _{2})-\cos(\theta _{1}-\theta _{2})\right]$ • $\sin \theta _{1}\sin \theta _{2}={\frac {1}{2}}\left[\cos(\theta _{1}-\theta _{2})-\cos(\theta _{1}+\theta _{2})\right]$ • $\sin \theta _{1}\cos \theta _{2}={\frac {1}{2}}\left[\sin(\theta _{1}+\theta _{2})+\sin(\theta _{1}-\theta _{2})\right]$ ## Deriving the identities

We can show that it is entirely plausible that the identities above are true.

### Euler's relation

$\cos(\theta )+i\sin(\theta )=e^{i\theta }.$ We begin by formally writing the Taylor series representations of $\cos(\theta )$ and $i\sin(\theta )$ and sum the resulting series

$\cos(\theta )=\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(-1)^{k}\theta ^{2k}}{(2k)!}}=\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(i)^{2k}\theta ^{2k}}{(2k)!}}=\sum _{k=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(i\theta )^{2k}}{(2k)!}},$ where $k=0,1,2,3,...$ We may write the Taylor series form of $i\sin(\theta )$ $i\sin(\theta )=i\sum _{l=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(-1)^{l}\theta ^{2l+1}}{(2l+1)!}}=\sum _{l=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(i)^{2l+1}\theta ^{2l+1}}{(2l+1)!}}=\sum _{l=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(i\theta )^{2l+1}}{(2l+1)!}},$ where $l=0,1,2,3,...$ . In both of the previous cases, free use has been made of the identity $-1=i^{2}.$ The sum of these two series yields the series representation of the exponential function

$\cos(\theta )+i\sin(\theta )=\sum _{n=0}^{\infty }{\frac {(i\theta )^{n}}{n!}}=e^{i\theta },$ where $n=0,1,2,3,...$ .

This is not a proof of Euler's relation. It is only an argument of plausibility, because we have not proven the many theorems that would allow us to establish the existence of the complex exponential, the Taylor series, or its convergence. Rarely will \thetas argument of plausibility appear in a textbook on complex analysis, owing to its heuristic nature.

### Complex exponential form of trigonometric functions

Given that

$e^{i\theta }=\cos(\theta )+i\sin(\theta )$ and that, owing to the eveness of cosine and the oddness of sine,

we may write the complex conjugate of $\exp(i\theta )$ as

$e^{-i\theta }=\cos(\theta )-i\sin(\theta )$ .

The complex exponential form of sine and cosine follow from the respective sum and difference of $\exp(i\theta )$ and $\exp(-i\theta ).$ The other identities derive from the complex exponential form of sine and cosine.