Derivative Trig

Online Tutoring Is The Easiest, Most Cost-Effective Way For Students To Get The Help They Need Whenever They Need It.

SIGN UP FOR A FREE TRIAL




Derivative trig is used in finding derivative of trigonometric functions. The derivative of trig functions can be found by using definition of derivative and by using limit rules. It is a process of finding rate of change of trigonometric function with respect to a variable. Trigonometry is useful in areas such as astronomy, surviving, physics etc.  Remember derivatives of basic 6 trigonometric functions. One derivative is shown in example 1.

Problem 1: Find the derivative of d (sin x) / dx

Solution: Given: d (sin x) / dx.

=> By the definition of derivative, d f(x) / dx = lim h->0 f(x + h) – f(x) / h

=> d (sin x) / dx = lim h->0 (sin (x+ h) – sin x) / h

= lim h->0 (sin x cos h + sin h cos x – sin x) / h   (using trigonometric identity)

= lim h->0 (sin x (cos h – 1) + sin h cos x) / h  

= sin x lim h->0 (cos h – 1) / h + cos x lim h->0 (sin h) / h   (By separating the limits 

=> By applying trigonometric limits we get, d (sin x) / dx = sin x. 0 + cos x. 1 = cos x


Problem 2: Find the derivative of d (2sec(x) – 5 cot (x))/dx

Solution: Given: d (2sec(x) – 5 cot(x))/dx

=> We know the derivative of basic 6 trigonometric functions

=> So, d sec (x) / dx = sec(x) tan(x) and also d cot(x)/dx = - csc^2(x)

=> d (2sec(x) – 5 cot(x))/dx = 2 sec(x) tan(x) – 5(- csc^2(x))

= 2 sec(x) tan(x) + 5 csc^2(x)

=> Therefore, the derivative of d (2sec(x) – 5 cot (x))/dx = 2 sec(x) tan(x) + 5 csc^2(x)

HAVE A QUESTION? Chat With Our Tutoring Experts Now