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In a right angled triangle, Cotangent of an angle is the ratio of the length of the adjacent side to the length of the opposite side.

Formula

To find the Cotangent of a given angle θ , use the following formula.

cot(θ) = (Length of Adjacent side) / (Length of Opposite side)

Calculating Cot of an Angle

The cotangent (cot) of an angle in a right triangle is a trigonometric function that represents the ratio of the length of the adjacent side to the opposite side. It is the reciprocal of the tangent function. This function is often used to find unknown side lengths or angles in right triangles.

The cotangent of an angle \( \theta \) is defined as:

\( \cot(\theta) = \frac{\text{adjacent}}{\text{opposite}} \)

where:

Example 1

Let's calculate the cotangent of a 30-degree angle:

In a right triangle, if the angle \( \theta = 30^{\circ} \), the opposite side is half the length of the hypotenuse, and the adjacent side is \( \sqrt{3} \) times half the length of the hypotenuse. So, the cotangent of 30 degrees is:

\( \cot(30^{\circ}) = \frac{\text{adjacent}}{\text{opposite}} = \frac{\sqrt{3}}{1} = \sqrt{3} \approx 1.732 \)

Example 2

Consider another example with a 45-degree angle:

In a right triangle, if the angle \( \theta = 45^{\circ} \), the opposite side and the adjacent side are of equal length. So, the cotangent of 45 degrees is:

\( \cot(45^{\circ}) = \frac{\text{adjacent}}{\text{opposite}} = 1 \)

These examples demonstrate how to calculate the cotangent of an angle manually, showing the importance of understanding the trigonometric function cotangent in various mathematical and practical applications.