The Way Trigonometry is used in Astronomy
By: Joanna Matthews
Practical Applications of Advanced Mathematics
Mrs. Amy Goodrum
July 15, 2003
Abstract
This report is about how trigonometry is used in Astronomy. Even though trigonometry is applied in many areas, such as engineering, chemistry, surveying, and physics, it is mainly used in astronomy Trigonometry is used to find the distance of stars, the distance from one planet to another and from one plant to the sun. It is possible to find the radius of the Earth also. This report will basically give more insight in the way trigonometry and astronomy goes hand in hand. Background

Trigonometry comes from a Greek word "trigonometria" put together from these 3 words: Tri (three) gonia (angle) metro (measure). Trigonometry has been around for many centuries, but in 140 BC a man named Hipparchus apparently wrote 12 books on the table of chords and became the founder of trigonometry. He was the first Greek mathematician to study triangular geometry. This study led him to write the 12 books. Other people have added to Hipparchus’ work, but the two people that stands out the most are were Menelaus (ca. AD 100) and Ptolemy (ca. AD 100). Menelaus was a Greek mathematician that created six books on tables of chords. He created a couple of triangle properties. Menelaus had a big hand in spherical trigonometry also. He was like the one that was after Hipparchus’ work the most. Ptolemy was a Greek astronomer who was highly respected in his city because of his work. He was the first mathematician to complete the tables of chords, which were 13 books. Although his work had respect, there was controversy behind it. People said that he stole ideas and inventions to further his work. There was no proof of these accusations and his is still respected and appreciated. The Muslims, Chinese, Indians, and Babylonians had their own information that aided to trigonometry. The Muslims introduced the tangent...

...sides of similar triangles and discovered some properties of these ratios, but did not turn that into a systematic method for finding sides and angles of triangles. The ancient Nubians used a similar methodology.[5] The ancient Greeks transformed trigonometry into an ordered science.[6]
Classical Greek mathematicians (such as Euclid and Archimedes) studied the properties of chords and inscribed angles in circles, and proved theorems that are equivalent to modern trigonometric...

...Trigonometry is a field of mathematics first compiled by 2nd century BCE. Greek mathematician Hipparchus. The history of trigonometry and of trigonometric functions follows the general lines of the history of mathematics.
Early study of triangles can be traced to the 2nd millennium BC, in Egyptian mathematics (Rhind Mathematical Papyrus) and Babylonian mathematics. Systematic study of trigonometric functions begins in Hellenistic mathematics, reaching India as...

...Early trigonometry
The ancient Egyptians and Babylonians had known of theorems on the ratios of the sides of similar triangles for many centuries. But pre-Hellenic societies lacked the concept of an angle measure and consequently, the sides of triangles were studied instead, a field that would be better called "trilaterometry".[6]The Babylonian astronomers kept detailed records on the rising and setting of stars, the motion of the planets, and the solar and lunar eclipses, all...

...CONTENTS
1.0 Introduction to Trigonometry 3
2.0 Origin of Trigonometry 4
2.1 Etymology 4
2.2 Early Trigonometry 5
2.3 Greek Findings on Trigonometry 5
2.4 Indian Findings on Trigonometry 7
2.5 Islamic Findings on Trigonometry 16
2.6 Chinese Findings on Trigonometry 18
2.7 Further European Findings on Trigonometry. 19
3.0 Trigonometric Functions 20
3.1 Right – Angled...

...Right Triangle TrigonometryTrigonometry is a branch of mathematics involving the study of triangles, and has applications in fields such as engineering, surveying, navigation, optics, and electronics. Also the ability to use and manipulate trigonometric functions is necessary in other branches of mathematics, including calculus, vectors and complex numbers. Right-angled Triangles In a right-angled triangle the three sides are given special names. The side...

...Teaching trigonometry using Empirical Modelling
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Abstract
The trigonometric functions sin(x), cos(x) and tan(x) are relationships that exist between the angles
and length of sides in a right-angled triangle. In Empirical Modelling terms, the angles in a triangle
and the length of the sides are observables, and the functions that connect them are the definitions.
These well-defined geometric relationships can be useful when teaching GCSE-level students about
the...

...Trigonometry (from Greek trigōnon "triangle" + metron"measure"[1]) is a branch of mathematics that studies triangles and the relationships between their sides and the angles between these sides. Trigonometry defines the trigonometric functions, which describe those relationships and have applicability to cyclical phenomena, such as waves. The field evolved during the third century BC as a branch of geometry used extensively for astronomical studies.[2] It is also...

...Trigonometry (from Greek trigōnon "triangle" + metron "measure"[1]) is a branch of mathematics that studies triangles and the relationships between the lengths of their sides and the angles between those sides. Trigonometry defines the trigonometric functions, which describe those relationships and have applicability to cyclical phenomena, such as waves. The field evolved during the third century BC as a branch of geometry used extensively for astronomical...

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