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Homework Statement



Hi :smile:

Find the (finite,ultimate,definitive,peremptory,eventua,conclusive) sum:

[tex]a) cos^2x+cos^22x+...+cos^2nx ; b) sin^2x+sin^22x+...+sin^2nx [/tex]

Homework Equations



z=A+Bi

The Attempt at a Solution



[tex]A=cos^2x+cos^22x+...+cos^2nx[/tex]

[tex]B=sin^2x+sin^22x+...+sin^2nx[/tex]

[tex]z=cos^2x+cos^22x+...+cos^2nx+i(sin^2x+sin^22x+...+sin^2nx)=(cos^2x+isin^2x)+(cos^22x+isin^22x)+...+(cos^2nx+isin^2nx)=(cos^2x+isin^2x)+[/tex]
[tex](cos^2x+isin^2x)^2+...+(cos^2x+isin^2x)^n[/tex]

How will I continue?
 
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Not sure what you are trying to do.

First, you defined two sums - a and b.

Is your task to find sum of those two sums? a+b is what you are looking for?

If so, why do use i?

Do you know what Pythagorean trigonometric identity is?
 
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I don't know if they are separate or together... I should use "i", since that's my task, to find it through i.
 
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Any help?
 
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You won't get more help without giving more information. At present - at least IMHO - question as posted, and the idea of using i for calculations, doesn't make sense.
 
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The real part of exp(i*n*x)^2 is cos(n*x)^2-sin(n*x)^2. So summing the geometric series exp(i*2*n*x) and taking the real part will give you the difference A-B. What's the sum A+B? That's one way to do it.
 
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[tex](\frac{1+cos2x}{2}+i\frac{1-cos2x}{2})+(\frac{1+cos4x}{2}+i\frac{1-cos4x}{2})+(\frac{1+cosnkx}{2}+i\frac{1-cosnkx}{2})[/tex]

[tex]\frac{1}{2}(1+cos2x+i(1-cos2x))+\frac{1}{2}(1+cos2x+i(1-cos2x))+\frac{1}{2}(1+cos4x+i(1-cos4x))+\frac{1}{2}(1+cosnkx+i(1-cosnkx))[/tex]

How will I get rid of "1"?

How will I go next?
 
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Dick, someone?
 
  • #9
Dick
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Dick, someone?
Why did you ignore my last message? It had some reasonable suggestions in it.
 
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I have never learn about it. Is mine correct? How will I continue solving?
 
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Dick
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I have never learn about it. Is mine correct? How will I continue solving?
What you wrote is a version of A+Bi. Do you know how to sum the series
cos(2n)+cos(4n)+cos(6n)+...?
 
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Actully, I have never learned. So I don't know.
 
  • #13
Dick
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Actully, I have never learned. So I don't know.
Can you sum a geometric series?
 
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I don't know how.
 
  • #15
Dick
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I don't know how.
If you haven't been given the sum of the finite series sin(nx) and cos(nx), or been taught how to derive them by summing geometric series like exp(i*n*x), then I don't know how you are supposed to do this problem.
 
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I know something...
[tex]a=cosx+cos2x+...+cosnx[/tex]

[tex]B=sinx+sin2x+...+sinnx[/tex]

[tex]A=Re(z) ; B=Im(z)[/tex]

[tex]z=A+Bi[/tex]

[tex]z=A+iB=(cosx+cos2x+...+cosnx)+i(sinx+sin2x+...+sinnx)= (cosx+isinx)+[/tex]

[tex]+(cos2x+isin2x)+...+(cosnx+isinnx)= (cosx+isinx)+(cosx+isinx)^2+...+(cosx+isinx)^n=[/tex]

I don't know where to go out of here.
 
  • #17
Dick
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I[tex](cosx+isinx)+(cosx+isinx)^2+...+(cosx+isinx)^n=[/tex]

I don't know where to go out of here.
That's a geometric series with a common ratio of exp(ix). You should know how to write down it's sum. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometric_progression
Once you do that the real part of the sum is A and the imaginary part is B.
 
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For (cosx+isinx) is simpler, but still got no clue how to continue.
 
  • #19
Dick
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For (cosx+isinx) is simpler, but still got no clue how to continue.
I just TOLD you. Review geometric series.
 
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Yes, yes, but I don't understand this step.
Now I have
[tex](cosx+isinx)(1+(cosx+isinx)+...+(cosx+sinx)^n^-^1)[/tex]
I understand this. But don't understand where the next step comes from?
 
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Yes, yes, but I don't understand this step.
Now I have
[tex](cosx+isinx)(1+(cosx+isinx)+...+(cosx+sinx)^n^-^1)[/tex]
I understand this. But don't understand where the next step comes from?
Why did you do that?? Look, look up the formula for the sum of a geometric series and apply it to this problem. Until you do that, there's not much more I can say.
 
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But, please. I want to know where the formula comes from.
 
  • #23
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Call the sum S=exp(ix)+exp(ix)^2+...+exp(ix)^n. Calculate S-exp(ix)*S. All but two terms cancel. Now solve for S.
 
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Ok, in my problem.

[tex]\frac{1-(cos^2x+isin^2x)^n^+^1}{1-cos^2x-isin^2x}[/tex]. But where I will go out of here?
 
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Ok, in my problem.

[tex]\frac{1-(cos^2x+isin^2x)^n^+^1}{1-cos^2x-isin^2x}[/tex]. But where I will go out of here?
No. That's wrong. If you want the sum of S=exp(i*2x)+exp(i*4x)+...exp(i*n2x) it's (exp(i*2x)-exp(i*2(n+1)x)/(1-exp(i*2x)). If you manage to take the real part of S, what would it be? What would that have to do with your problem?
 

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