## (1+cosA)^2-(1-cosA)^2-sin^2=ctgA*sinA*cosA

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
(1+cosA)^2-(1-cosA)^2-sin^2A=ctgA*sinA*cosA

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I moved sin^2 to the right side, then expanded the left side and got to:
1+2cosA+cos^2A-1+2cosA-cos^2A=1
When I cancel the left side I get:
4cosA=1

I'd be very grateful if anyone help me.
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 You assumed right. The problem is that both parts of the identity should be equal. As far as I know, 4cosA is not equal to 1.

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## (1+cosA)^2-(1-cosA)^2-sin^2=ctgA*sinA*cosA

It's not an identity. For example, when a=pi/2, the lefthand side is -1 while the righthand side equals 0.

Perhaps there's a typo in the problem.
 My task is to transform both parts so that they're equal. I don't know why you say it's not an identity.
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