## Right Triangle

OK, let's see what this is all about.

Firstly, the names **Opposite, Adjacent and Hypotenuse** come from the right triangle:

- "Opposite" is opposite to the angle Î¸
- "Adjacent" is adjacent (next to) to the angle Î¸
- "Hypotenuse" is the long one

## Sine, Cosine and Tangent

And **Sine**, **Cosine** and **Tangent** are the three main functions in trigonometry.

They are often shortened to **sin**, **cos** and **tan**.

The calculation is simply **one side of a right angled triangle divided by another side** ... we just have to know which sides, and that is where "sohcahtoa" helps.

For a triangle with an angle ** Î¸** , the functions are calculated this way:

Sine Function: | soh... | sin(Î¸) = opposite / hypotenuse |

Cosine Function: | ...cah... | cos(Î¸) = adjacent / hypotenuse |

Tangent Function: | ...toa | tan(Î¸) = opposite / adjacent |

## How to Remember

Well, "sohcahtoa" may be easy for you to remember ... but here's another way to help it:

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