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cot(x) = cos(x)/sin(x) = 1/tan(x)?

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7th November 2016, 11:10
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(7th November 2016, 08:21)Irrational Wrote:(7th November 2016, 07:55)Alex K Wrote: You're absolutely right in principle. At the points where cos is zero, this way of writing cot doesn't work. Often, one still writes the shorthand cot = 1/tan, and at isolated points where that is undefined, but the limit exists (for example for x > pi/2) one takes it to mean the limit, which is Since pi/2 isn't a rational number, the computer program scanning the x values will *never exactly* hit it. I guess the algorithm calculating tan might hit an error if you input something that is equal to pi/2 within machine precision, but even then, the likelihood of the program hitting this precise number when scanning xvalues is still very small.
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(7th November 2016, 11:10)Alex K Wrote:(7th November 2016, 08:21)Irrational Wrote: So one has to be a little careful with using the formula cot(x) = 1/tan(x) then. I guess another question derived from this is what does it mean for an answer to be "undefined"? When I graphed both y = cos(x)/sin(x) and y = 1/tan(x) in Desmos, the two graphs looked virtually equal, and I didn't see any breaks in either graphs at any x around pi/2 no matter how far I zoomed in. But if it is true there are no breaks in the graph at around that point, then how this means undefined is not exactly undefined? Thanks, didn't consider that one. Makes sense.
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RE: cot(x) = cos(x)/sin(x) = 1/tan(x)?
31st January 2017, 18:30
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sin(x)/cos(x)= tan(x)
cos(x)/sin(x) = cot (x) = 1/tan(x) ?
Yes, except in the points where the denominator goes to infinity. There, one needs to take the limit.
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