Can Someone Explain This Trig Picture to Me?

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Its the attached picture. I'm not seeing why when using the dot product, they start using sin.
 

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SteamKing
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The picture is self explanatory. If you know trig, it should be elementary.
 
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Projections onto different axes.
 
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I'm just not getting it. '
I see that the angle between r and x is phi, thus in using the formula, r (dot) x = (1)(1) cos(phi).

Then I see the angle between r and y is (90-phi), thus in using the formula, r (dot) y = (1)(1)cos(90-phi) = sin (phi).

I then see the angle between phi and x is (90 +phi), thus in using the formula, phi (dot) x = (1)(1)cos(90+phi) = -sin (phi)

I then see the angle between phi and y is (180 - phi), thus in using the formula, phi (dot) y = (1)(1)cos(180-phi) = -cos (phi)???

I don't get why the last one is +cos(phi)....
 
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Look at the blue part of the diagram ... phi(dot)y = cos(phi).
 

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