# 1.24: Cofunction Identities and Reflection

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**Practice**Cofunction Identities and Reflection

While toying with a triangular puzzle piece, you start practicing your math skills to see what you can find out about it. You realize one of the interior angles of the puzzle piece is

Is there a way to use this knowledge of sine functions to help you in your computation of the cosine function for

### Cofunction Identities and Reflection

In a right triangle, you can apply what are called "cofunction identities". These are called cofunction identities because the functions have common values. These identities are summarized below.

Let's take a look at some problems involving cofunction identities and reflection.

1. Find the value of

Because this angle has a reference angle of

2. Find the value of

Because this angle has a reference angle of

3. Find the value of

Because this angle has a reference angle of

### Examples

#### Example 1

Earlier, you were asked if there is a way to use your knowledge of sine functions to help you in your computation of the cosine function.

Since you now know the cofunction relationships, you can use your knowledge of sine functions to help you with the cosine computation:

#### Example 2

Find the value of

The sine of

#### Example 3

Find the value of

The cosine of

#### Example 4

Find the value of

The cosine of

### Review

- Find a value for
θ for whichsinθ=cos15∘ is true. - Find a value for
θ for whichcosθ=sin55∘ is true. - Find a value for
θ for whichtanθ=cot80∘ is true. - Find a value for
θ for whichcotθ=tan30∘ is true. - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
tan255∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
sin120∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
cos310∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
cot260∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
cos280∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
tan60∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
sin100∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
cos70∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use cofunction identities to help you write the expression
cot240∘ as the function of an acute angle of measure less than45∘ . - Use a right triangle to prove that
sinθ=cos(90∘−θ) . - Use the sine and cosine cofunction identities to prove that
tan(90∘−θ)=cotθ .

### Review (Answers)

To see the Review answers, open this PDF file and look for section 1.24.

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Here you'll learn about the four cofunction identities and how to apply them to solve for the values of trig functions.

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