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  • Trigonometric Functions Summary
    PowerBASIC provides only four trigonometric functions, as listed in the following table. Note that all of these functions use angles specified as radians, not degrees.

    Right Triangles
    All of the trigonometric functions are related to right triangles - those with one 90 degree angle. The longest side (opposite the 90 degree angle) is called the hypotenuse. The other two sides have no standard nomenclature.

    The trigonometric functions are simply the 3 possible ratios of all three sides. For any one of the two non-90 degree angles, the terminology of "side adjacent" refers to the non-hypotenuse side, as does the "side opposite".

    The three possible ratios, when referring to a specific angle in the triangle, are named sine (opposite/hypotenuse), cosine (adjacent/hypotenuse) and tangent (opposite/adjacent).

    Expanded Functions
    Fortunately, these values can be used to generate other commonly used trignometric functions, as given in the following equations:

        csc = cosecant  =  1/sin  =  hypotenuse/opposite
        sec = secant    =  1/cos  =  hypotenuse/adjacent
        cot = cotangent =  1/tan  =  adjacent/opposite

    Radians vs Degrees
    The trignometric functions use radians - not degrees! Conversion factors are:

        1 degree = 0.0174533 radians
        1 radian = 57.29578 degrees
        pi radians = 180 degrees
        2*pi radians = 360 degrees

    Also, here's a diagram showing the relationship of radians and degrees over a complete circle.

    Trigonometric Functions Listing
    Here are one-line descriptions of all the trigonometric functions.

    Trigonometric Functions Examples
    Here are examples for each of the trigonometric functions. The functions are listed in alphabetical order.

    If you have any suggestions or corrections, please let me know.