q-Trigonometric Functions

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The -analogs of trigonometric functions are built out of -exponentials in the same way that the classical trigonometric functions are built out of the classical exponential function. The existence of two flavors of -exponents makes for two kinds of -trigonometric functions: and for and and for . These triples are plotted for various on the interval . You can see how the -analogs approach their classical counterparts as tends to 1.

Contributed by: Oleksandr Pavlyk (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



The -sine and -cosine functions can also be defined by the following series:





The -sine and -cosine functions have -analogs of the defining algebraic identity satisfied by their classical counterparts: . Additionally they satisfy .

V. Kac and P. Cheung, Quantum Calculus, New York: Springer, 2001.

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