The History Of Trigonometry

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The History of Trigonometry is one type of mathematics that deals with the sides and the angles. In the First paragraph I would like to explain the main history of trigonometry and also go into detail about the certain aspects of the mathematic branch. In the Second paragraph I will explain details on 4 of the great trigonometry mathematicians who discovered information about trigonometry, as well as improved existing theories as well. In the Third paragraph I would like to explain how these theories and techniques are applied today by various corporate companies. The improvement of trigonometry is still improving today, and all of the details talked about have either been elaborated or been used for extraordinary purposes.

Paragraph 1, In the beginning trigonometry started of in these job branches Navigation, surveying, and astronomy. In all of these job aspects, proper distance between things needed to be determined. Such as the distance between the earth and the moon, or for distances that can be measured directly, or the distance from one continent to another.

In all of this trigonometry was applied. Today most trigonometry is still applied in the same places , only with chemistry, physics, and at least all branches of engineering.

Paragraph 2, some of the greatest mathematicians are quoted for there superior workings in trigonometry. As for the word trigonometry it appeared in a book Trigonometria Published by Bartholomeo Pitiscus in the year of 1595. Another mathematician Thales of Miletus used shadow lengths to calculate the heights of the pyramids in around 600 BC. Aryabhata the Elder, was a Hindu mathematician who gave tables of half chords, known by the term jya-ardha or simply jya. Hipparchus was known to produce the first known table of chords in 140 BC. Hipparchus's work was further extended by Menelaus and...