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Homework Help: Calculate tan2x

  1. Dec 12, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    3pi/2 is less than or equal to x is less than or equal to 2pi

    2. Relevant equations

    sin2x = 2sinxcosx
    cos2x = 1-2(sinx)^2
    tan2x = (2tanx)/(1-(tanx)^2)

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Using the tan2x formula, I get -60/47. Using the sin2x (sin2x=-120/169) and cos2x (cos2x=119/169) formulas, than dividing sin2x by cos2x, I get -120/119.


    Why am I getting different values?
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
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  3. Dec 12, 2011 #2

    How have you calculated sin 2x, this looks wrong to me.
    oops, my bad. Why are you multiplying tan x by two in the denominator for the tan 2x formula?
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  4. Dec 12, 2011 #3
    (sinx)^2 = 1 - (cosx)^2
    = 1 - (12/13)^2
    = -5/13

    sin2x = 2sinxcosx
    = 2(-5/13)(12/13)
    = -120/169
  5. Dec 12, 2011 #4
    Oh finally! No wonder! I can't believe I made that mistake. Thanks!
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2011
  6. Dec 12, 2011 #5


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    Use your calculator to find the value of x. Then use it to find tan of double that angle. Now you can figure which of your algebraic answers is wrong. :smile:
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