# Differentiate and simplify: f(x)=sin^2(2x)-cos^2(2x)

ttpp1124
Homework Statement:
Has this been simplified fully?
Relevant Equations:
n/a

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Homework Statement:: Has this been simplified fully?
Relevant Equations:: n/a

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yes

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Is that an answer to the quesion in post #1 or the one in post #2 ? Or both ?

Let me ask @ttpp1124 : do you expect there exists a simpler expression ? In what way ?

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yes, it is fully simplified, and of course with trig you could go in many circles with identities but I believe the one stopped at is simplest.

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ttpp1124
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yes, sorry, I forgot to include the question! here it is:

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I would use $\cos (2\theta) = \cos^2 \theta - \sin^2\theta$, from which immediately $y = -\cos(4x)$.

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