# tan a/2

We study half angle formulas (or half-angle identities) in Trigonometry. Half angle formulas can be derived using the double angle formulas. As we know, the double angle formulas can be derived using the angle sum and difference formulas of trigonometry. Half-angles in half angle formulas are usually denoted by θ/2, x/2, A/2, etc and the half-angle is a sub-multiple angle. The half angle formulas are used to lớn find the exact values of the trigonometric ratios of the angles lượt thích 22.5° (which is half of the standard angle 45°), 15° (which is half of the standard angle 30°), etc.

Let us explore the half angle formulas along with their proofs and with a few solved examples here.

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 1 What are Half Angle Formulas? 2 Half Angle Identities 3 Half Angle Formulas Derivation Using Double Angle Formulas 4 Half Angle Formula of Sin Proof 5 Half Angle Formula of Cos Derivation 6 Half Angle Formula of Tan Derivation 7 Half Angle Formula Using Semiperimeter 8 FAQs on Half Angle Formula

## What are Half Angle Formulas?

In this section, we will see the half angle formulas of sin, cos, and tan. We know the values of the trigonometric functions (sin, cos , tan, cot, sec, cosec) for the angles lượt thích 0°, 30°, 45°, 60°, and 90° from the trigonometric table. But to lớn know the exact values of sin 22.5°, tan 15°, etc, the half angle formulas are extremely useful. Also, they are helpful in proving several trigonometric identities. We have half angle formulas that are derived from the double angle formulas and they are expressed in terms of half angles lượt thích θ/2, x/2, A/2, etc. Here is the list of important half angle formulas:

## Half Angle Identities

Here are the popular half angle identities that we use in solving many trigonometry problems are as follows:

• Half angle formula of sin: sin A/2 = ±√[(1 - cos A) / 2]
• Half angle formula of cos: cos A/2 = ±√[(1 + cos A) / 2]
• Half angle formula of tan: tan A/2 = ±√[1 - cos A] / [1 + cos A] (or) sin A / (1 + cos A) (or) (1 - cos A) / sin A

## Half Angle Formulas Derivation Using Double Angle Formulas

To derive the above formulas, first, let us derive the following half angle formulas. The double angle formulas are in terms of the double angles lượt thích 2θ, 2A, 2x, etc. We know that the double angle formulas of sin, cos, and tan are

• sin 2x = 2 sin x cos x
• cos 2x = cos2 x - sin2 x (or)
= 1 - 2 sin2x (or)
= 2 cos2x - 1
• tan 2x = 2 tan x / (1 - tan2x)

If we replace x with A/2 on both sides of every equation of double angle formulas, we get half angle identities (as 2x = 2(A/2) = A).

• sin A = 2 sin(A/2) cos(A/2)
• cos A = cos2 (A/2) - sin2 (A/2) (or)
= 1 - 2 sin2 (A/2) (or)
= 2 cos2(A/2) - 1
• tan A = 2 tan (A/2) / (1 - tan2(A/2))

We can also derive one half angle formula using another half angle formula. For example, just from the formula of cos A, we can derive 3 important half angle identities for sin, cos, and tan which are mentioned in the first section. Here is the half angle formulas proof.

## Half Angle Formula of Sin Proof

Now, we will prove the half angle formula for the sine function. Using one of the above formulas of cos A, we have

cos A = 1 - 2 sin2 (A/2)

From this,

2 sin2 (A/2) = 1 - cos A

sin2 (A/2) = (1 - cos A) / 2

sin (A/2) = ±√[(1 - cos A) / 2]

## Half Angle Formula of Cos Derivation

Now, we will prove the half angle formula for the cosine function. Using one of the above formulas of cos A,

cos A = 2 cos2(A/2) - 1

From this,

2 cos2(A/2) = 1 + cos A

cos2 (A/2) = (1 + cos A) / 2

cos (A/2) = ±√[(1 + cos A) / 2]

## Half Angle Formula of Tan Derivation

We know that tan (A/2) = [sin (A/2)] / [cos (A/2)]

From the half angle formulas of sin and cos,

tan (A/2) = [±√(1 - cos A)/2] / [±√(1 + cos A)/2]

= ±√[(1 - cos A) / (1 + cos A)]

This is one of the formulas of tan (A/2). Let us derive the other two formulas by rationalizing the denominator here.

tan (A/2) = ±√[(1 - cos A) / (1 + cos A)] × √[(1 - cos A) / (1 - cos A)]

= √[(1 - cos A)2 / (1 - cos2A)]

= √[(1 - cos A)2/ sin2A]

= (1 - cos A) / sin A

This is the second formula of tan (A/2). To derive another formula, let us multiply and divide the above formula by (1 + cos A). Then we get

tan (A/2) = [(1 - cos A) / sin A] × [(1 + cos A) / (1 + cos A)]

= (1 - cos2A) / [sin A (1 + cos A)]

= sin2A / [sin A (1 + cos A)]

= sin A / (1 + cos A)

Thus, tan (A/2) = ±√[(1 - cos A) / (1 + cos A)] = (1 - cos A) / sin A = sin A / (1 + cos A).

## Half Angle Formula Using Semiperimeter

In this section, we will see the half angle formulas using the semi perimeter. i.e., these are the half angle formulas in terms of sides of a triangle. Let us consider a triangle ABC where AB = c, BC = a, and CA = b.

Let us derive one of these formulas here. We know that the semi-perimeter of the triangle is s = (a + b + c)/2. From this, we have 2s = a + b + c. From one of the above formulas,

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cos A = 2 cos²(A/2) - 1 (or)

2 cos²(A/2) = 1 + cos A

Now using the law of cosines,

2 cos2(A/2) = 1 + [ (b2 + c2 - a2) / (2bc) ]

2 cos2(A/2) = [2bc + b² + c² - a²] / [2bc]

2 cos2(A/2) = [ (b + c)² - a²] / [2bc] [Using (a+b)² formula]

2 cos2(A/2) = [ (b + c + a) (b + c - a) ] / [2bc] [Using a² - b² formula]

2 cos2(A/2) = [ 2s (2s - 2a) ] / [2bc] [As 2s = a + b + c]

2 cos2(A/2) = [ 2s (s - a) ] / [bc]

cos2(A/2) = [ s(s - a) ] / [bc]

cos (A/2) = √[ s (s - a) ] / [bc]

We have derived one half-angle formula for cosine of angle A/2. Similarly, we can derive other half angle identities of cosine using the semi perimeter. Another half angle formula of sine can be derived using the semi perimeter.

sin2(A/2) = (1 − cos A)/2

= (1/2)[1−(b2+c2−a2)/2bc] (Using the law of cosines)

= (1/2)(a2−(b−c)2)/2bc

= (1/2)(a + b − c)(a + c − b)/2bc

= (1/2){(a + b + c) − 2c}{(a + b + c) − 2b}/2bc

= (1/2)(2s − 2c)(2s − 2b)/2bc

= (s − b)(s − c)/bc

⇒ sin (A/2) = √[(s − b)(s − c)/bc]

Similarly, we can derive other half angle formulas of the sine function. Half angle formulas for tangent function can be derived using the formula tan (A/2) = sin (A/2)/cos (A/2).

☛ Related Topics:

• Angle Formulas
• Trigonometric Functions
• Trigonometric Equations

## FAQs on Half Angle Formula

### What Are Half Angle Formulas in Trigonometry?

The half angle formulas give the value of half angles lượt thích A/2, x/2, etc of trigonometric ratios. The half angle formulas of sin, cos, and tan are

• sin A/2 = ±√[(1 - cos A) / 2]
• cos A/2 = ±√[(1 + cos A) / 2]
• tan A/2 = ±√[1 - cos A] / [1 + cos A]

### What Is Half Angle Formula for Sin?

The half angle formula of sin in trigonometry is sin A/2 = ±√[(1 - cos A) / 2]. We have another half-angle formula of sin in terms of semiperimeter. If a, b, and c are the sides of a triangle and A, B, and C are their corresponding opposite angles, then sin A/2 = √[(s - b) (s - c)/bc].

### What Is Half Angle Formula for Cosine?

The half angle formula of cos is cos A/2 = ±√[(1 + cos A)/2]. We have another half angle formula of cos in terms of semiperimeter. If a, b, and c are the sides of a triangle and A, B, and C are their corresponding opposite angles, then cos (A/2) = √[ s (s - a)/bc].

### What Is Half Angle Formula for Tangent?

The half angle formula of tangent is tan (A/2) = ±√[1 - cos A] / [1 + cos A] = (1 - cos A) / sin A = sin A / (1 + cos A). We have another half angle formula of tan in terms of semiperimeter. If a, b, and c are the sides of a triangle and A, B, and C are their corresponding opposite angles, then sin A/2 = √[(s - b) (s - c) ] / [s(s - a)].

### Why To Use Half Angle Formulas?

We use half angle formulas in finding the trigonometric ratios of the half of the standard angles, for example, we can find the trigonometric ratios of angles lượt thích 15°, 22.5°, etc using the half angle identities. They can be used in proving various trigonometric identities. They are also used in solving integrals.

### How To Derive Half Angle Formula of Cos?

Using the double angle formula of cos,

cos 2x = 2cos2x - 1

By replacing x with (A/2), we get

cos A = 2 cos2(A/2) - 1

We will solve this for cos (A/2).

2 cos2(A/2) = 1 + cos A

cos2 (A/2) = (1 + cos A) / 2

cos A/2 = ±√(1 + cos A) / 2

### What Is tan 15° Using Half Angle Identities?

Using the half angle identity of tan,

tan (A/2) = (1 - cos A) / sin A

Substitute A = 30°,

tan (30°/2) = (1 - cos 30°) / sin 30°

= [1 - (√3/2)] / (1/2)  (From Trig table)

= [ (2 - √3) / 2] / (1/2)

= 2 - √3

Therefore, tan 15° = 2 - √3.

### What is the Difference Between Double Angle and Half Angle Formulas?

The double angle formulas in trigonometry are:

• sin 2x = 2 sin x cos x
• cos 2x = cos2 x - sin2 x (or)
= 1 - 2 sin2x (or)
= 2 cos2x - 1
• tan 2x = 2 tan x / (1 - tan2x)

The half angle formulas (which are derived from the above formulas) in trigonometry are:

• sin A/2 = ±√[(1 - cos A) / 2]
• cos A/2 = ±√[(1 + cos A) / 2]
• tan A/2 = ±√[1 - cos A] / [1 + cos A]