Trigonometry Angles

Trigonometry angles are the angles given by the ratios of the trigonometric functions. Trigonometry deals with the study of the relationship between angles and the sides of a triangle. The angle value ranges from 0-360 degrees. The most important trigonometry angles are 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, 180°, 270° and 360°. It is easy to find the trigonometry angles in the third and fourth quadrant once you find the angles in the first and the second quadrant. The most important six trigonometric functions are sine, cosine, tangent, cosecant, secant and cotangent. Before discussing the trigonometry angles, let us have a look at the definition of angle, and its related terminologies.

Angle Definition

The two rays that have the same beginning point that forms the figure called an angle. The same beginning point is called the vertex and those two rays are called the sides of the angle which is also called as legs. Consider the given figure,

Trigonometry Angles

If OA is the initial side of the angle and OB is the terminal side of an angle, then we can say it is an oriented angle. The orientation of an angle is indicated by an arrow symbol where it starts from the initial side to the terminal side and the angle is represented as ∠AOB. We can also draw an arrow in the opposite direction, starting from the initial side of the angle OA. Both angles represent the same oriented angle. The angle ∠BOA is opposite to the angle ∠AOB which is differently oriented.

The two common measurements used for determining angles are degree and radians. The most familiar unit of measurement of an angle is degree. Consider, a circle is divided into 360 equal parts, where we can get the right angle with 900. Further, each degree is subdivided into 60 minutes and each minute is again subdivided into 60 seconds. The symbols used for degrees, minutes and seconds are °, ‘ and ” respectively. Minutes and seconds are also stated as arcminutes and arcseconds.

Beyond practical geometry in mathematics, angles are also used to measure in radians. The circle with the angle of 1 radian determines an arc with the length of the radius. Because the length of the full circle is 2πr. Alternatively, we can say that the circle contains 2π radians. The subdivision of radians is also written in decimal forms.

Conversion Between Radians and Degrees

Note that, when an angle is represented in radians, only mention the value, not the term “rad”.

Because 2 π = 360°, following conversion formulas has to be applied.

r \(rad\rightarrow \left [ \frac{360.r}{2\pi } \right ]^{\circ}\) \(g^{\circ}\rightarrow \left [ \frac{2\pi .g}{360} \right ]\) rad

Trigonometry Angles Formula

sine, cosines and tangents, cotangents of some angles are equal to the sine, cosines and tangents, cotangents of other angles. Some of the trigonometry angle formulas given as per the figure are :

Trigonometry Angles Formulas

1 . Supplementary angles ( = sum is π)

  • Sin ( π – α ) = sin α
  • Cos (π – α ) = – cos α
  • Tan (π – α ) = – tan α
  • Cot (π – α) = – cot α

2 . Anti-supplementary Angles (= difference is π)

  • Sin ( π + α ) = – sin α
  • Cos (π + α ) = – cos α
  • Tan (π + α ) = tan α
  • Cot (π + α ) = cot α

3 . Opposite Angles ( = sum is 2π)

  • Sin ( 2π – α ) = – sin α
  • Cos (2π – α ) = cos α
  • Tan (2π – α ) = -tan α
  • Cot (2π – α ) = – cot α

4 . Complementary Angles (= sum is π/2)

  • Sin ( π/2 – α ) = cos α
  • Cos (π/2 – α ) = sin α
  • Tan (π/2 – α ) = cot α
  • Cot (π/2 – α ) = tan α

Trigonometry Angles Table

Here there are some special angles provided with the trigonometric numbers. To simplify the way of calculation of the trigonometric numbers at various angles, reference angles are used which are derived from the primary trigonometric functions. We can derive values in degrees like 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, 90°, 180° , 270° and 360°. The trigonometric table of all angles are given below, which defines all the values of trigonometric ratios.

trigonometric Ratios Table

Trigonometry Problems


If sin 3A = cos (A-26°), where 3A is an acute angle, find the value of A.


Given that, sin 3A = cos (A-26°) ….(1)

Since, sin 3A = cos (90° – 3A), we can write (1) as

cos(90°- 3A)= cos (A- 26°)

Since , 90°-3A = A – 26°


90° + 26° = 3A + A

4 A = 116°

A = 116° / 4 = 29°

Therefore the value of A is 29°.

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The area of figure 1 (in cm2) and area of figure 2 (in cm2) are __ and __ respectively. 

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