The proof of each of those follows from the definitions of the trigonometric functions, Topic 15.
Proof of the reciprocal relations
Therefore, sin θ is the reciprocal of csc θ:
where 1-over any quantity is the symbol for its reciprocal; Lesson 5 of Algebra. Similarly for the remaining functions.
Proof of the tangent and cotangent identities
Proof. By definition,
Therefore, on dividing both numerator and denominator by r,
Those are the two identities.
Proof of the Pythagorean identities
Proof 1. According to the Pythagorean theorem,
x² + y² = r². . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .(1)
Therefore, on dividing both sides by r²,
That is, according to the definitions,
cos²θ + sin²θ = 1². . . . . . . . . . . . . .(2)
Apart from the order of the terms, this is the first Pythagorean identity, a).
To derive b), divide line (1) by x²; to derive c), divide by y².
Or, we can derive both b) and c) from a) by dividing it first by cos²θ and then by sin²θ. On dividing line 2) by cos²θ, we have
1 + tan²θ = sec²θ.
And if we divide a) by sin²θ, we have
1 + cot²θ = csc²θ.
The three Pythagorean identities are thus equivalent to one another.
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