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An odd trig identity, I WANT PROOF!

  1. Apr 27, 2012 #1
    When I was checking my work, Wolframalpha took my trig work a step further with an identity that no one in my Calculus II class has ever seen, including my teacher.

    csc(2x) - cot(2x) = tan(x)

    I tried to prove the identity myself and I looked online, but no luck. Please, could someone prove this?
     
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  3. Apr 27, 2012 #2

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    We have

    [tex]csc(2x)-cot(2x)=\frac{1}{2\sin(x)\cos(x)}-\frac{\cos^2(x)-\sin^2(x)}{2\sin(x)\cos(x)}[/tex]

    Can you prove this?? Can you take it from there??
     
  4. Apr 27, 2012 #3
    Just write this as [itex]\displaystyle\dfrac{ 1}{\sin\left(2\cdot x\right)} -\dfrac{\cos\left(2\cdot x\right)}{ \sin\left(2\cdot x\right)}=\dfrac{ \sin\left(x\right)}{\cos\left(x\right)}[/itex] while remembering that [itex]\sin^2\left(x\right)+\cos^2\left(x\right)=1[/itex]. Then apply the standard trig identities.

    Oh, and, is this really calculus?
     
  5. May 2, 2012 #4
    This isn't really Calculus; however, you do have to know your trig identities with various questions.
     
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