(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

This is part of a larger engineering problem, I have reduced it to this mathematical equation, which should be simple, right?

I need to find when the following EQ has Maximum's (in terms of x):

[tex]\left|4\,cos\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,-\,30\,X\right)\,-\,4\,cos\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,+\,30\,X\right)\right|[/tex]

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I guess take a derivative to find when the maximum and minimums are...

[tex]120\,sin\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,-\,30\,X\right)\,+\,120\,sin\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,+\,30\,X\right)[/tex]

set that equal to zero and solve for X, so I get the following equation...

[tex]-sin\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,-\,30\,X\right)\,=\,sin\left(\frac{2\pi}{5}\,+\,30\,X\right)[/tex]

I can't solve that!!!

I put it into maple, this is what it gave...

[tex]-\frac{\pi}{300}\,-\frac{1}{30}\,arctan\left[4\,cos\left(\frac{3\pi}{10}\right)\,sin\left(\frac{3\pi}{10}\right)\,+\,2\,cos\left(\frac{3\pi}{10}\right)\right]\,\,=\,\,-0.0524[/tex]

The answer is given in the text, but I can't seem to arrive at the same conclusion!

Supposedly, the answer (for the maxima) is...

[tex]X\,=\,\frac{\pi}{60}\,+\,\frac{2\,n\,\pi}{30}[/tex]

and for the minima...

[tex]X\,=\,\frac{n\pi}{30}[/tex]

but when I solve the original EQ (before taking the derivative) by graphing to find the max's - it's 1.1 - 3.3 - 5.5 - etc. which is a factor of 5 off from the book answer just above! not sure how to proceed from here!

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