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Advanced Algebra Question

  1. Nov 12, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    x= cosθ1p3(cosθ23)+cosθ1(cosθ2p2-a)-sinθ1p1
    y= sinθ1p3(cosθ23)+sinθ1(cosθ2p2-a)+cosθ1p1
    z= sinθ23p3-sinθ2p3

    2. Relevant equations
    cosθ23 = cos(θ23)
    sinθ23 = sin(θ23)

    Finding θ123. Solve in terms of x,y,z,p
    Pls help to solve this algebra equation by eliminating the variable. Thanks in advance for the helping..im doing my final year project and came across to this unsolvable problem..
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2011
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  3. Nov 12, 2011 #2


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    What is it that you want to do? Do you want to express [itex]l_1,l_2,l_3[/itex] in terms of [itex]x,y,z[/itex] and [itex]\theta_1,\theta_2,\theta_3[/itex]?

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  4. Nov 12, 2011 #3
    Find θ1,θ2,θ3 in terms of x,y,z and p. Sorry for the inconvenience.
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  5. Nov 12, 2011 #4
    Uuuh, perhaps you should try a numerical solution...

    If you don't want that, then you can always try to use


    This turns the geometric problem into an exponential problem which might be easier to solve.

    Another thing you should consider are the t-formula's:


    with [itex]t_i=\tan(\theta_i/2)[/itex]

    This puts the sines and cosines in the same variable. This might be easier to solve. I guarantee nothing however...
  6. Nov 12, 2011 #5
    but i tried both methods, it just make the question more complicated than ever. I used to squaring up x and y, and add both together, im sucessfully eliminate θ1, but others seems to have trouble.
  7. Nov 15, 2011 #6
    Anyone here can lend a golden hand???
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