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Sep26-09, 09:33 PM
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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A triangle with x as the angle, 'a' as the adjacent, 8 as the opposite side and 'h' as the hypotenuse. An intermediate question was to show that sin(x)=cot(x). Now i have to write 'sin(x)=cot(x)' in terms of cos(x) only and solve the quadratic, stating correct value for cos(x)

2. Relevant equations
2. "sin(x)=cot(x)" in terms of cos(x). a*h=8^2

3. The attempt at a solution
3. I have used some trig identities and have got cos^2(x)+cos(x)-1=0. Is this correct? To solve i solved x^2+x-1 using quadratic formula and got 2 answers, one negative. So cos(x) is the positive value..?
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