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Pythagorean Identity

These plots illustrate the Pythagorean Identity

sin(x)^2 + cos(x)^2 = 1

The graph below shows sin(x)^2 (in blue) and cos(x)^2 (in green).

To illustrate the identity, we can flip the green curve about the x axis. The distance between the two curves below is then:

sin(x)^2 + cos(x)^2

The grey line has a length of 1. Click and drag the red control point to move the line left and right. The distance between the curves is 1 at every point.

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