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Precalculus: Trigonometric Functions

Problems

Tigonometric Equations

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Problem : Solve the following equation: cos(x) - tan2(x) = 1 .

Using the identity 1 + tan2(x) = sec2(x) , the equation cos3(x) = 1 results. Therefore cos(x) = 1 , and x = 0 .

Problem : Solve the following equation: 2 sec(x)sin3(x) = cos(x)tan2(x) .

Resolving everything into sines and cosines and then cancelling, we have sin(x) = . x = , .

Problem : Calculate cos(15) using the fact that cos(30) = .

cos(15) = = .9659 .

Problem : θ is in the first quadrant, and tan(θ) = . Find the sine, cosine, and tangent of 2θ .

sin(θ) = . cos(θ) = . With these values, we can calculate sine, cosine, and tangent of 2θ . sin(2θ) = 2 sin(θ)cos(θ) 0.4283.cos(2θ) = cos2(θ) - sin2(θ) -0.9036.tan(2θ) = - 0.4740 .

Problem : Express the following as a function of a single angle: .

tan(64) .

Problem : Express the following as a sum or difference: cos(100)cos(50) .

cos(100)cos(50) = (cos(100 + 50) + cos(100 - 50)) = (cos(150) + cos(50) .

Problem : Simplify: sin2(x) + cos2(x) - sec2(x) + tan2(x) .

sin2(x) + cos2(x) - sec2(x) + tan2(x) = 0 .

Problem : Solve: cos(x)tan(x) = csc2(x) - cot2(x) - 1 .

x = {0,, Π,}

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