Derivatives of Trigonometric functions.

As you know,

The functions SINE x(sin x) , CO-SECANT x(cos x) , TANGENT x(tan x), CO-SECANT x(csc x), SECANT x(sec x) and COTANGENT x(cot x)  are called trigonometrical functions.

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We are going to learn and prove ,what are the Derivatives of these Trigonometrical Functions , here.

a> Derivative of sin x:

The derivative of sin x is:

\dfrac{d}{dx}\sin x = \cos x


Ley y=SIN x and let this be equation (i)

and let  \Delta x be a small increment in x and \Delta y be the corresponding small increment in y,

Then we can write:

 y + \Delta y = \sin (x+ \Delta x) and let it be equation (ii).

Now if we subtract equation (i) from equation (ii), we can get:

\Delta y = \sin (x+ \Delta x) - \sin x

Now using the trigonometrical formula ( sin c – sin d = 2.sin((c-d)/2).cos((c+d)/2)

We get:

\Delta y = 2 \times \sin \frac{\Delta x}{2} \times \cos \frac{2x+\Delta x}{2}

Now dividing both side of above equation by \Delta x we get:

\dfrac{\Delta y}{\Delta x} = \dfrac{\sin\frac{\Delta x}{2}}{\frac{\Delta x}{2}}\times\cos\frac{2x+\Delta x}{2}


\dfrac{d}{dx}y = \dfrac{d}{dx}\sin x = \displaystyle\lim_{{\Delta x}\to 0}\left(\dfrac{\sin \frac{\Delta x}{2}}{\frac{\Delta x}{2}}\times\cos\frac{2x+\Delta x}{2}\right)

or, \dfrac{d}{dx}\sin x = 1 \times \cos \frac{2x}{2} = \cos x

b> Derivative of cos x.

The derivative of cos x is:

\frac{d}{d x}\cos x = -\sin x


Let y=cos x

and from trigonometric relations we also know:

\cos x = \sqrt{1-\sin ^{2}x}


\frac{d }{d x} y = \frac{d }{d x}\left(\sqrt{1-\sin ^{2}x}\right)

Now using chain rule :

\frac{d }{d x} y = \frac{d }{d \left(1-\sin ^{2}x\right)} \left(1-\sin ^{2}x\right)^{\frac{1}{2}} \times \frac{d }{d x}\left(1-\sin ^{2}x\right)

or, \frac{d }{d x} y = \frac{0-2\times\sin x\times\cos x}{2\times \sqrt{1-\sin ^{2}x}} = -\sin x

Thus , \frac{d }{d x} \cos x = -\sin x

c> Derivative of  tan x.

The derivative of  tan x is:

\dfrac{d}{dx}\tan x = \sec ^{2}x


\dfrac{d}{dx}\tan x = \dfrac{\sin x}{\cos x}

Now using the quotient rule :

\dfrac{d }{dx}\tan  x =\dfrac{\cos ^2 x + \sin ^2 x}{\cos ^{2}x}


\dfrac{d}{dx}\tan x = \sec ^{2}x

d> Derivative of csc x , secx and cot x.

Using the relation:

csc x= 1/sin x

sec x= 1/cos x


cot x = 1/tan x

and then using the quotient rule, we can find the:

Derivative of csc x:

\frac{d }{d x}\csc x = - \csc x \times \cot x

Derivative of sec x:

\frac{d }{d x}\sec x = \sec x \times \tan x

Derivative of cot x:

\frac{d }{d x}\cot x = -\csc ^{2} x

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