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Book: Trigonometry (Sundstrom & Schlicker)

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    This trigonometry textbook this book is not just about mathematical content but is also about the process of learning and doing mathematics. That is, this book is designed not to be just casually read but rather to be engaged. Since this can be a difficult task, there are several features of the book designed to assist students in this endeavor. In particular, most sections of the book start with a beginning activity that review prior mathematical work that is necessary for the new section or introduce new concepts and definitions that will be used later in that section. Each section also contains several progress checks that are short exercises or activities designed to help readers determine if they are understanding the material. In addition, the text contains links to several interactive Geogebra applets or worksheets. These applets are usually part of a beginning activity or a progress check and are intended to be used as part of the textbook.

    Thumbnail: For some problems it may help to remember that when a right triangle has a hypotenuse of length \(r\) and an acute angle \(θ\), as in the picture below, the adjacent side will have length \(r\cos θ\) and the opposite side will have length \( r\ sin θ\). You can think of those lengths as the horizontal and vertical "components'' of the hypotenuse. (GNU FDL; Michael Corral).

    Book: Trigonometry (Sundstrom & Schlicker) is shared under a CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 license and was authored, remixed, and/or curated by Ted Sundstrom & Steven Schlicker via source content that was edited to conform to the style and standards of the LibreTexts platform; a detailed edit history is available upon request.