Half Angle Identities


Half Angle Identities calculator computes the half angle for sin (u/2), cos (u/2) and tan (u/2) for given angle using following formulas:
$$ \sin (\frac{u}{2}) = \pm \sqrt{\dfrac{1 - \cos u}{2}} $$ $$ \cos (\frac{u}{2}) = \pm \sqrt{\dfrac{1 + \cos u}{2}}$$ $$ \tan (\frac{u}{2}) = \pm \sqrt{\dfrac{1 - \cos u}{1 + \cos u}}$$
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The half-angle formulas allow the expression of trigonometric functions to determine the trigonometric values for another angle u/2 in terms of u. The half-angle formulas are useful in finding the values of unknown trigonometric functions. The half-angle formulas for any angle u can be stated as follows:
sin(u/2) = + or - √ (1 – cos u) / 2.
In the case of u is in first and second quadrant then function is positive and in the case of u is in third and forth quadrant then function is negative.
cos(u/2) = + or - √ (1 + cos u) / 2.
In the case of u is in first and forth quadrant then function is positive and in the case of u is in second and third quadrant then function is negative.

Proof of Half Angle Identities
The Half angle formulas can be derived from the double-angle formula. the double-angle formulas are as follows:
cos 2u = 1 - 2sin2 u
cos 2u = 2cos2 u - 1
the above equations are true for any value of the variable u. Therefore lets substitute u with ½ u in the double-angle equations.
$$ \cos 2(\frac{1}{2}u) = 1 - 2\sin^2 \frac{1}{2}u $$ $$ \cos u = 1 - 2\sin^2 \frac{1}{2}u $$ $$ 2\sin^2 \frac{1}{2}u = 1 - \cos u $$ $$ \sin \frac{1}{2}u = \sqrt{\dfrac{1 - \cos u}{2}} $$ Now derive for cos from the double-angle formula as follows:
$$ \cos 2(\frac{1}{2}u) = 2\cos^2 \frac{1}{2}u - 1$$ $$ \cos u = 2\cos^2 \frac{1}{2}u - 1$$ $$ 2\cos^2 \frac{1}{2}u = 1 + \cos u$$ $$ \cos \frac{1}{2}u = \sqrt{\dfrac{1 + \cos u}{2}}$$ We can also derive for tan which is follows: $$ \tan \frac{1}{2}u = \dfrac{\sin \frac{1}{2}u}{\cos \frac{1}{2}u}$$ in this equation we can substritute the derived value of sin ½ u and cos ½ u:
$$ \tan \frac{1}{2}u = \dfrac{\sqrt{\dfrac{1 - \cos u}{2}}}{\sqrt{\dfrac{1 + \cos u}{2}}}$$ $$ \tan \frac{1}{2}u = \sqrt{\dfrac{1 - \cos u}{1 + \cos u}}$$