Jyā, kotijyā and utkramajyā are three trigonometric functions introduced by Indian astronomers and mathematicians. The earliest known Indian treatise containing references to these functions is Surya Siddhanta.^{[1]} These are functions of arcs of circles and not functions of angles. Jyā and kotijyā are closely related to the modern trigonometric functions of sine and cosine. In fact, the origins of the modern terms of "sine" and "cosine" have been traced back to the Sanskrit words jyā and kotijyā.^{[1]}
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Definition 1

Terminology 2

From jyā to sine 3

See also 4

References 5
Definition
Modern diagram for jyā and kojyā
Let 'arc AB' denote an arc whose two extremities are A and B of a circle with center O. If a perpendicular BM be dropped from B to OA, then:

jyā of arc AB = BM

kotijyā of arc AB = OM

utkramajyā of arc AB = MA
If the radius of the circle is R and the length of arc AB is s, the angle subtended by arc AB at O measured in radians is θ = s / R. The three Indian functions are related to modern trigonometric functions as follows:

jyā ( arc AB ) = R sin ( s / R )

kotijyā ( arc AB ) = R cos ( s / R )

utkramajyā ( arc AB ) = R ( 1  cos ( s / R ) )
Terminology
Literal meaning of jyā
Technical meaning of jyā and kojyā
An arc of a circle is like a bow and so is called a dhanu or cāpa which in Sanskrit means "a bow". The straight line joining the two extremities of an arc of a circle is like the string of a bow and this line is a chord of the circle. This chord is called a jyā which in Sanskrit means "a bowstring", presumably translating Hipparchus's χορδή with the same meaning. The word jīvá is also used as a synonym for jyā in geometrical literature.^{[2]} At some point, Indian astronomers and mathematicians realised that computations would be more convenient if one used the halves of the chords instead of the full chords and associated the halfchords with the halves of the arcs.^{[1]}^{[3]} The halfchords were called ardhajyās or jyāardhas. These terms were again shortened to jyā by omitting the qualifier ardha which meant "half of".
The Sanskrit word koṭi has the meaning of "point, cusp", and specifically "the curved end of a bow". In trigonometry, it came to denote "the complement of an arc to 90°". Thus koṭijyā is "the jyā of the complementary arc". In Indian treatises, especially in commentaries, koṭijyā is often abbreviated as kojyā. The term koṭi also denotes "the side of a right angled triangle". Thus koṭijyā could also mean the side a righ triangle one of whose sides is the jyā.^{[1]}
Utkrama means "inverted", thus utkramajyā means "inverted chord". The tabular values of utkramajyā are derived from the tabular values of jyā by subtracting the elements from the radius in the reversed order. This is really the arrow between the bow and the bowstring and hence it has also been called bāṇa, iṣu or śara all meaning "arrow".^{[1]}
An arc of a circle which subtends an angle of 90° at the center is called a vrittapāda (a quadrat of a circle). Each zodiacal sign defines an arc of 30° and three consecutive zodiacal signs defines a vrittapāda. The jyā of a vrittapāda is the radius of the circle. The Indian astronomers coined the term trijyā to denote the radius of the base circle, the term trijyā being indicative of "the jyā of three signs". The radius is also called vyāsārdha, viṣkambhārdha, vistarārdha, etc., all meaning "semidiameter".^{[1]}
According to one convention, the functions jyā and kotijyā are respectively denoted by "Rsin" and "Rcos" treated as single words.^{[1]} Others denote jyā and kotijyā respectively by "Sin" and "Cos" (the first letters being capital letters in contradistinction to the first letters being small letters in ordinary sine and cosine functions).^{[3]}
From jyā to sine
The origins of the modern term sine have been traced to the Sanskrit word jyā,^{[4]}^{[5]} or more specifically to its synonym jīva. This term was adopted in medieval Islamic mathematics, transliterated in Arabic as jībaجيب. Since Arabic is written without short vowels, this was interpreted as the homographic jaib, which means "bosom". The text's 12thcentury Latin translator, Gerard of Cremona, used the Latin equivalent for "bosom", sinus.^{[6]}^{[7]} When jyā became sinus, by analogy kojyā became cosinus.
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References

^ ^{a} ^{b} ^{c} ^{d} ^{e} ^{f} ^{g} B.B. Datta and A.N. Singh (1983). "Hindu Trigonometry". Indian Journal of History of Science 18 (1): 39–108. Retrieved 1 March 2010.

^ According to lexicographers, it is a synonym also meaning "bowstring", but only its geometrical meaning is attested in literature. MonierWilliams, A Sanskrit Dicitionary (1899): " jīvá n. (in geom. = jyā) the chord of an arc; the sine of an arc Suryasiddhanta 2.57"; jīvá as a generic adjective has the meaning of "living, alive" (cognate with English quick)

^ ^{a} ^{b} Glen Van Brummelen (2009). The mathematics of the heavens and the earth : the early history of trigonometry. Princeton University Press. pp. 95–97.

^ "How the Trig Functions Got their Names". Ask Dr. Math. Drexel University. Retrieved 2 March 2010.

^ J J O'Connor and E F Robertson (June 1996). "The trigonometric functions". Retrieved 2 March 2010.

^ See Maor (1998), chapter 3, regarding the etymology.

^ Victor J Katx, A history of mathematics, p210, sidebar 6.1.


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