Trigonometric functions are mathematical functions that relate the angles of a right-angled triangle to the lengths of its sides. These functions are widely used in geometry, physics, engineering, and many other fields. The main trigonometric functions are sine, cosine, and tangent, often abbreviated as sin, cos, and tan, respectively.

The sine of an angle in a right-angled triangle is defined as the ratio of the length of the side opposite the angle to the length of the hypotenuse. In a right triangle with sides of lengths a, b, and c, where c is the hypotenuse and θ is the angle opposite side a, the sine function is given by:

sin(θ) = a / c

The cosine of an angle in a right-angled triangle is defined as the ratio of the length of the side adjacent to the angle to the length of the hypotenuse. In the same right triangle as above, the cosine function is given by:

cos(θ) = b / c

The tangent of an angle in a right-angled triangle is defined as the ratio of the length of the side opposite the angle to the length of the side adjacent to the angle. In the same right triangle as above, the tangent function is given by:

tan(θ) = a / b

When studying trigonometric functions, it's important to understand the following key concepts:

- The definitions of sine, cosine, and tangent in a right-angled triangle.
- The relationships between the trigonometric functions and the sides of a right-angled triangle.
- The properties of trigonometric functions, such as their periodicity and range.
- The graphs of trigonometric functions and their key characteristics, such as amplitude and period.
- The inverse trigonometric functions and their use in solving trigonometric equations.

It's also important to practice applying trigonometric functions to solve problems involving angles and side lengths in right-angled triangles, as well as to analyze and interpret trigonometric graphs.

By mastering these concepts and practicing with a variety of problems, you can develop a strong understanding of trigonometric functions and their applications.

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Number and Operations (NCTM)

Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.

Understand and use ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.

Develop, analyze, and explain methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.

Geometry (NCTM)

Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.

Understand relationships among the angles, side lengths, perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar objects.

Create and critique inductive and deductive arguments concerning geometric ideas and relationships, such as congruence, similarity, and the Pythagorean relationship.

Apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.

Describe sizes, positions, and orientations of shapes under informal transformations such as flips, turns, slides, and scaling.

Measurement (NCTM)

Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

Solve problems involving scale factors, using ratio and proportion.

Grade 8 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Geometry and Measurement: Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures by using distance and angle

Students use fundamental facts about distance and angles to describe and analyze figures and situations in two- and three-dimensional space and to solve problems, including those with multiple steps. They prove that particular configurations of lines give rise to similar triangles because of the congruent angles created when a transversal cuts parallel lines. Students apply this reasoning about similar triangles to solve a variety of problems, including those that ask them to find heights and distances. They use facts about the angles that are created when a transversal cuts parallel lines to explain why the sum of the measures of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees, and they apply this fact about triangles to find unknown measures of angles. Students explain why the Pythagorean Theorem is valid by using a variety of methods - for example, by decomposing a square in two different ways. They apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances between points in the Cartesian coordinate plane to measure lengths and analyze polygons and polyhedra.