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Homework Help: Finding roots of this trig eqn

  1. Nov 19, 2013 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    If [sinx]+[√2 cosx]=-3, x belongs to [0,2∏] (where [.] denotes the greatest integer function) then x belongs to

    3. The attempt at a solution

    If I put x=5∏/4, LHS=-2 which does not satisfy. 2∏ and ∏ also does not satisfy.So the answer must be either 2) or 3). Is there any better way other than putting the values one by one and checking?
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  3. Nov 19, 2013 #2


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    What are the lowest possible values of the two terms on the left? How can they add to -3?
  4. Nov 20, 2013 #3


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    That was helpful. Thanks!
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