Let P (a, b) be a point on the unit circle with centre at the origin such that ∠AOP = x. If ∠AOQ = – x, then the coordinates of the point Q will be (a, –b) . Therefore

cos (– x) = cos x

and sin (– x) = – sin x

Since for every point P (a, b) on the unit circle, – 1 ≤ a ≤ 1 and – 1 ≤ b ≤ 1, we have – 1 ≤ cos x ≤ 1 and –1 ≤ sin x ≤ 1 for all x.

in the first quadrant (0 < x < π 2 ) a and b are both positive,

in the second quadrant ( π /2 < x < π) a is negative and b is positive,

in the third quadrant (π < x <3π/2) a and b are both negative

in the fourth quadrant ( 3π /2 < x < 2π) a is positive and b is negative

Therefore, sin x is positive for 0 < x < π, and negative for π < x < 2π

Similarly, cos x is positive for 0 < x < π 2 , negative for π 2 < x < 3π 2 and also positive for 3π/ 2 < x < 2π.

I | II | III | IV | |
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sin x | + | + | – | – |

cos x | + | – | – | + |

tan x | + | – | + | – |

cosec x | + | + | – | – |

sec x | + | – | – | + |

cot x | + | – | + | – |