# Trigonometric Functions-I, Objectives, Circular Measure of Angle, Relation Between Degree and Radian

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Recall that we defined the ratios of the sides of a right triangle as follows:

And

We also developed relationships between these trigonometric ratios as

, ,

## Circular Measure of Angle

• An angle is a union of two rays with the common end point. An angle is formed by the rotation of a ray as well.

• Negative and positive angles are formed according as the rotation is clockwise or anticlock-wise.

### A Unit Circle

• It can be seen easily that when a line segment makes one complete rotation, its end point describes a circle.

• In case the length of the rotating line be one unit then the circle described will be a circle of unit radius. Such a circle is termed as .

• A radian is another unit of measurement of an angle other than degree. A radian is the measure of an angle subtended at the centre of a circle by an arc equal in length to the radius of the circle.

• In a unit circle one radian will be the angle subtended at the centre of the circle by an arc of unit length.

## Relation between Degree and Radian

• An arc of unit length subtends an angle of 1 radian. The circumference subtend an angle of radians.

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