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17Calculus Article - Why Use Radians In Calculus?

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Why Do We Use Radians In Calculus?

I mean, degrees seem so much nicer. They are just numbers, no \(\pi\) floating around. The range on degrees is kind of strange, \( 0^o \) to \( 360^o \) but most people like them better. Well, there are several very good reasons for using radians. Here are a couple of quick videos discussing them.

This first video is from a great instructor and he walks us through the logic as a teacher would.

Eddie Woo - Why Radians? [9mins-9secs]

video by Eddie Woo

Here is a great video explaining why we use radians from a graphic perspective. In the second half of the video you need some calculus but if you haven't had derivatives yet, no problem. The graphs will make sense.

blackpenredpen - Why We Use Radians In Calculus? [6mins-26mins]

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