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## Definition of tangent

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For any point on the x-y plane, (x,y) = (r cos(θ), r sin(θ)), where the Initial Ray of θ is the positive x-axis and the Terminal Ray of θ starts at the origin and goes through (x,y).

r = √(x^2+y^2) is the distance from the origin to the point.

Then:

sin(θ) = y/r

cos(θ) = x/r

tan(θ) = sin(θ)/cos(θ) = y/x

cot(θ) = 1/tan(θ) = x/y

sec(θ) = 1/cos(θ) = r/x

csc(θ) = 1/sin(θ) = r/y

Go to the link below for a quick guide to the definitions and identities of the trig functions, including the tangent.