Cos function (or cosine function) in a triangle is the ratio of the adjacent side to that of the hypotenuse. The cosine function is one of the three main primary trigonometric functions and it is itself the complement of sine(co+sine). There are various topics that are included in the entire cos concept. Here, the main topics that are focussed include:
- Cosine Definition
- Cosine Formula
- Cosine Table
- Cosine Properties With Respect to the Quadrants
- Cos Graph
- Inverse Cosine (arccos)
- Cosine Identities
- Cos Calculus
- Law of Cosines in Trigonometry
- Additional Cos Values
- Cosine Worksheet
- Trigonometry Related Articles for Class 10
- Trigonometry Related Articles for Class 11 and 12
- Other Trigonometry Related Topics
Other Trigonometric Functions
|Sine Function||Tan Function|
|Cosec (Csc) Function||Sec Function|
In a right-triangle, cos is defined as the ratio of the length of the adjacent side to that of the longest side i.e. the hypotenuse. Suppose a triangle ABC is taken with AB as the hypotenuse and α as the angle between hypotenuse and base.
Now, for this triangle,
cos α = Adjacent Side/Hypotenuse
From the definition of cos, it is now known that it is the adjacent side divided by the hypotenuse. Now, from the above diagram,
cos α = AC/AB
cos α = b/h
Cosine Properties With Respect to the Quadrants
It is interesting to note that the value of cos changes according to the quadrants. In the above table, it can be seen that cos 120, 150 and 180 degrees have negative values while cos 0, 30, etc. have positive values. For cos, the value will be positive in the first and the fourth quadrant.
|Degree Range||Quadrant||Cos Function Sign||Cos Value Range|
|0 to 90 Degrees||1st Quadrant||+ (Positive)||0 < cos(x) < 1|
|90 to 180 Degrees||2nd Quadrant||– (Negative)||-1 < cos(x) < 0|
|180 to 270 Degrees||3rd Quadrant||– (Negative)||-1 < cos(x) < 0|
|270 to 360 Degrees||4th Quadrant||+ (Positive)||0 < cos(x) <1|
The cosine graph or the cos graph is an up-down graph just like the sine graph. The only difference between the sine graph and the cos graph is that sine graph starts from 0 while the cos graph starts from 90 (or π/2). The cos graph given below starts from 1 and falls till -1 and then starts rising again.
Arccos (Inverse Cosine)
The cos inverse function can be used to measure the angle of any right-angled triangle if the ratio of the adjacent side and hypotenuse is given. The inverse of sine is denoted as arccos or
For a right triangle with sides 1, 2, and √3, the cos function can be used to measure the angle.
In this, the cos of angle A will be, cos(a)= adjacent/hypotenuse.
So, cos(a) = √3/2
Now, the angle “a” will be cos−1(√3/2)
Or, a = π/6 = 30°
Important Cos Identities
- cos2 (x) + sin2 (x) = 1
- cos θ = 1/sec θ
- cos (−θ) = cos (θ)
- arccos (cos (x)) = x + 2kπ [where k=integer]
- Cos (2x) = cos2 (x) − sin2 (x)
- cos (θ) = sin (π/2 − θ)
Below, all the other trigonometric functions in terms of cos function are also given.
Other Trigonometric Functions in Terms of Sine
|Trigonometric Functions||Represented as Sine|
|tan θ||±√(1-cos2θ)/cos θ|
|cot θ||±cos θ/√(1-cos2θ)|
|sec θ||±1/cos θ|
For cosine function f(x) = cos(x), the derivative and the integral will be given as:
- Derivative of cos(x), f′ (x) = −sin (x)
- Integral of cos(x), ∫f (x) dx = −sin(x) + C) [where C is the constant of integration)
Law of Cosines in Trigonometry
The law of cosine or cosine rule in trigonometry is a relation between the side and the angles of a triangle. Suppose a triangle with sides a, b, c and with angles A, B, C are taken, the cosine rule will be as follows.
According to cos law, the side “c” will be:
c2 = a2 + b2 − 2ab cos (C)
It is important to be thorough with the law of cosines as questions related to it are common in the examinations.
- Law of Sines
- Tan Law
Additional Cos Values
|Cos 1 Degree is 0.99||Cos 2 Degree is 0.99|
|Cos 5 Degree is 0.996||Cos 8 Degree is 0.990|
|Cos 10 Degree is 0.984||Cos 15 Degree is 0.965|
|Cos 20 Degree is 0.939||Cos 30 Degree is 0.866|
|Cos 40 Degree is 0.766||Cos 50 Degree is 0.642|
|Cos 70 Degree is 0.342||Cos 80 Degree is 0.173|
|Cos 100 Degree is -0.173||Cos 105 Degree is -0.258|
|Cos 210 Degree is -0.866||Cos 240 Degree is -0.5|
|Cos 270 Degree is 0||Cos 330 Degree is 0.866|
Cos Questions (Worksheets)
- sin (cos-13/5)
- In a triangle PQR, PR is 14 cm, QR is 10 cm, and angle RQP is 63 degrees. Calculate angle RPQ and the length of PQ.
- In triangle ABC, AB 6 cm, AC is 13 cm, and the angle CAB is 91 degrees. Calculate the length of BC.
- Derive the value of cos 60 geometrically.
- A ramp is pulled out of the back of a truck. There is a 38 degrees angle between the ramp and the pavement. The distance from the end of the ramp to the back of the truck is 10 feet. Calculate the length of the ramp?