# Definition:Cosine/Definition from Circle

## Definition

### First Quadrant

Consider a unit circle $C$ whose center is at the origin of a cartesian coordinate plane.

Let $P = \left({x, y}\right)$ be the point on $C$ in the first quadrant such that $\theta$ is the angle made by $OP$ with the $x$-axis.

Let $AP$ be the perpendicular from $P$ to the $y$-axis.

Then the **cosine** of $\theta$ is defined as the length of $AP$.

### Second Quadrant

Let $P = \left({x, y}\right)$ be the point on $C$ in the second quadrant such that $\theta$ is the angle made by $OP$ with the $x$-axis.

Let $AP$ be the perpendicular from $P$ to the $y$-axis.

Then the **cosine** of $\theta$ is defined as the length of $AP$.

### Third Quadrant

Let $P = \left({x, y}\right)$ be the point on $C$ in the third quadrant such that $\theta$ is the angle made by $OP$ with the $x$-axis.

Let $AP$ be the perpendicular from $P$ to the $y$-axis.

Then the **cosine** of $\theta$ is defined as the length of $AP$.

### Fourth Quadrant

Let $P = \left({x, y}\right)$ be the point on $C$ in the fourth quadrant such that $\theta$ is the angle made by $OP$ with the $x$-axis.

Let $AP$ be the perpendicular from $P$ to the $y$-axis.

Then the **cosine** of $\theta$ is defined as the length of $AP$.