# Trigonometry/Trigonometric identities

An identity is an equation that holds true for all values of the variables appearing in it, because it either is a definition or is the logical consequence of a definition. An example of a definitional identity is $\tan(x)=\frac{\sin(x)}{\cos(x)}.$ An example of an identity that can logically be proven to hold for all values of its variable is the Pythagorean identity expressed in trigonometric form: $sin^2(x)+cos^2(x)=1.$