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Reference Angle

For any given angle, its reference angle is an acute version of that angle. In standard position, the reference angle is the smallest angle between the terminal side and the x-axis. The values of the trig functions of angle θ are the same as the trig values of the reference angle for θ, give or take a minus sign.

 

 


  this page updated 27-aug-12
Mathwords: Terms and Formulas from Algebra I to Calculus
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