There are two basic approaches to trigonometry:
Both approaches were introduced in Introduction to Trigonometry.Be sure to read this prior section, since it covers important notation and conventions.

using the familiar $\,30^\circ$$60^\circ$$90^\circ\,$ triangle: $$ \begin{alignat}{2} \sin 30^\circ&\ \ =\ \ && \frac{s}{2s} &\ \ =\ \ && \frac 12\cr\cr \cos 30^\circ &\ \ =\ \ && \frac{\sqrt 3s}{2s} &\ \ =\ \ && \frac{\sqrt 3}2\cr\cr \sin 60^\circ &\ \ =\ \ && \frac{\sqrt 3s}{2s} &\ \ =\ \ && \frac{\sqrt 3}2\cr\cr \cos 60^\circ &\ \ =\ \ && \frac{s}{2s} &\ \ =\ \ && \frac 12 \end{alignat} $$ 
Consider a right triangle with legs of lengths $\,5\,$ and $\,7\,$.
Let $\,\theta\,$ be the largest acute angle.
Find $\,\sin\theta\,$, $\,\cos\theta\,$, and $\,\tan\theta\,$.
(It is not necessary to simplify radicals or to rationalize denominators.)
SOLUTION: By the Pythagorean Theorem: ${\text{HYP}}^2 = 5^2 + 7^2$ Therefore: $\text{HYP} = \sqrt{5^2 + 7^2} = \sqrt{74}$ The largest acute angle is opposite the longest leg. Thus: $$ \begin{gather} \sin\theta = \frac{7}{\sqrt{74}}\cr\cr \cos\theta = \frac{5}{\sqrt{74}}\cr\cr \tan\theta = \frac{7}{5} \end{gather} $$ NOTE: Suppose that the right triangle had legs of lengths $\,500\,$ and $\,700\,$ (instead of $\,5\,$ and $\,7\,$). Then, you would first ‘shrink’ the triangle to a more manageable size, by dividing the lengths by $\,100\,$. Similar triangles have the same angles! Don't work with big numbers when you don't have to! Or, suppose the right triangle had legs of lengths $\,0.00005\,$ and $\,0.00007\,$ (instead of $\,5\,$ and $\,7\,$). You would first ‘stretch’ the triangle by multiplying the lengths by $\,100{,}000\,$. Similar triangles have the same angles! Don't work with very small numbers when you don't have to! 

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