Exact algebraic expressions for trigonometric values are sometimes useful, mainly for simplifying solutions into radical forms which allow further simplification. All trigonometric numbers – sines or cosines of rational multiples of 360° – are algebraic numbers (solutions of polynomial equations with integer coefficients); moreover they may be expressed in terms of radicals of complex numbers; but not all of these are expressible in terms of real radicals. When they are, they are expressible more specifically in terms of square roots.
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