Thank you for the answers to my last question, Tangent? What's that? Unfortunately, as I said before, I am an elementary student. I can't understand it as well as a high schooler. Can someone give a simpler answer to reply to the question, "what's a tangent?"

Guest Feb 22, 2019

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There are two entirely different meanings to the word "tangent"

You were given what I'd call the second one. A line that touches a curve at exactly one point.

The definition you are probably after is entirely different

Consider the following right triangle

The "tangent" of the angle \(\theta\) is given by

\(\tan(\theta) = \dfrac{\text{length of opposite side}}{\text{length of adjacent side}}\)

.Rom Feb 22, 2019