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What is the relation of trigonometry and electricity? When is it used and how?



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Hi Britteny

You may be thinking of situations involving alternating current. When reactive devices such as inductors and capacitors are in circuits, the peaks of current through a circuit element and the voltage across it may be separated in time. This time shift is represented as a phase angle and you use trigonometry in the calculations. You might want to research multi-phase power distribution systems in addition to inductors and capacitors to see what considerations need to be made with phasing. Hope this helps.

Bob Froehlich



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