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Homework Help: Sin -270 different from sin - 90 exact and aprox values?

  1. Oct 23, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Homework related question:Write the exact value of sin(-270)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I had this same question before but to write it in approximate value. for an aprox value i simply just plug it into my calculator and get: 1. Pretty exact for an approximate value. When i solve it the exact way. (No calculator) i determine that the Reference angle for -270 degrees is -90 degrees. then i sin -90 degrees and get -1. The answer is 1. I don't understand.
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  3. Oct 23, 2009 #2


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    The reference angle for -270 degrees is +90 degrees. sin(90 deg.) = 1, exactly.
  4. Oct 23, 2009 #3
    Oh! Ref angles are always positive.. sorry.. Thanks for your time!!
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