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The Sine of a Single Degree

Article by Travis Kowalski
  • Published in 2017
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Ostensibly a derivation of an algebraically exact formula for the value of the sine of 1 degree, we present this calculation as a “historical romp” looking at the problem through the tools of geometry, then algebra, and finally complex analysis. Each one of these approaches gets the reader nearer to the correct value, but also serves to frame a vignette of surprising or beautiful mathematics.

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TheSineOfASingleDegree
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2024-01-15
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2017-06-10

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	title = {The Sine of a Single Degree},
	author = {Travis Kowalski},
	abstract = {Ostensibly a derivation of an algebraically exact formula for the value of the sine of 1 degree, we present this calculation as a “historical romp” looking at the problem through the tools of geometry, then algebra, and finally complex analysis. Each one of these approaches gets the reader nearer to the correct value, but also serves to frame a vignette of surprising or beautiful mathematics.},
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	date_added = {2024-01-15},
	date_published = {2017-06-10},
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	collections = {easily-explained,fun-maths-facts,geometry},
	url = {https://maa.org/sites/default/files/pdf/awards/college.math.j.47.5.322.pdf https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.4169/college.math.j.47.5.322},
	year = 2017,
	urldate = {2024-01-15}
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