Derive the Trigonometric Identities (Complex Plane)
This examples demonstrates how to derive the trigonometric identities using the geometry of the complex plane.
- Sum of Two Angles Identities
- Difference of Two Angles Identities
- Double Angle Identities
- Half Angle Identities
This example demonstrates how the sum of two angles identities, shown below, can be derived using the properties of complex numbers.
The sum of two angles multiplied by the constant returns the complex coordinate on the unit circl for the “sum of the two angles”.
By comparison, the alternative strategy for this type of mathematics would be to store the information of a point in a vector such as .
Where the sum of two angles identities are given in the form below:
- Since the magnitude of the complex number doesn’t matter we can start with two complex numbers expressed along the complex unit circle.
- Test step two.