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Homework Help: Basic trig question

  1. Nov 12, 2006 #1
    solve for x, if 0< x < 2(pie)


    Correct me if im wrong but you can only solve this if the equation consists of all sin(x) or all cos(x). I realize that 2sinAcosA = sin2A but im in section 1 which is "simple trigonometric equations" and section 2 is "using identities in trigonometric equations" so I dont see why they would put a problem that uses identities in sections 1.
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  3. Nov 12, 2006 #2
    Why do you need to use identities? Use the distributive law; in other words, pull the sin(x) out.
  4. Nov 12, 2006 #3
    well I thought about that and I came up with sinx(1+2cosx) which I dont think is right because then I would get sinx+2cosxsinx.
  5. Nov 12, 2006 #4
    when you have sinx(1+2cosx)=0 all you have to do is find the roots of the equation when sinx=0 and 1+2cosx=0
  6. Nov 12, 2006 #5
    I understand the part about finding the roots but im confused that sinx+2sinxcosx = sinx(1+2cosx) because when I distribute i get sinx+2cosxsinx. is sinx+2cosxsinx the same as sinx+2sinxcosx?

    also I thought in order to solve for x you had to have the same trig function. Right now the equation would be equivilant to x+2xy=0 trying to solve for x. thats why I thought you had to have the indentity in order to have only one variable.

    I know im slow at this but in my defense im teaching myself out of "Trigonometry - 5th edition by Charles P. Mckeague and Mark D. Turner".
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2006
  7. Nov 12, 2006 #6


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    Yes, it is, since real number (and real function) multiplication is a commutative operation.
  8. Nov 12, 2006 #7
    Of course it is!

    sin(x)(2+cos(x)) = 0
    => sin(x) = 0, cos(x) +0.5 = 0
  9. Nov 12, 2006 #8
    yes sinx+2sinxcosx = sinx+2cosxsinx as long as you have the 2, cosx, and sinx being multiplied, it doesnt matter in what order you have them being multiplied, ex. sinx*cosx*2 = 2*cosx*sinx = cosx*2*sinx = ...
  10. Nov 12, 2006 #9
    ok, that makes sence now. I was under the impression that the 2 stayed with its function, perhaps I was thinking of cos2x or sin2x?
  11. Nov 12, 2006 #10
    probably, thats why soemtiems it helps to write sinx,cosx out as sin(x), cos(x)
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