However, an important property of sine and cosine (although one that is so obvious in the gemoetric treatment that it is hardly worth noting) is that when their argument is real, then they take real values. We shall verify that this is the case, and, in the process establish power series expressions for sine and cosine.
The Chain Rule holds for complex derivatives, and so, since we know the derivative of e^z, the derivative of sin(z) is
The argument for the derivative of cos(z) is analogous.The most striking aspect of the trigonometric functions which is still missing from the picture is that they are periodic. We need to show that there is a number a such that sin(x+a)=sin(x) for all a. (In fact, the number a is 2Pi, but we don't even know what Pi is yet!)
To show that sin(x) is periodic, by using the addition formulae for sine and cosine, we need to have
and so, we seek a number a such that
Think for a minute about what you would expect the logarithm of a complex number should be. Bear in mind that the fundamental property for logarithms is that
and that every complex number can be expressed as
Question: What do you think the logarithm of re(it) should be?