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  1. Sep 25, 2005 #1
    cos(x) + cos3x + cos5x +………cos(2n -1)x=sin[2nx]/{2sinx}

    Hint: Use Euler’s formula and the geometric progression formula.

    Err, I know Euler's formula, or at least a version of it, but I don't see how that helps here, so yah, how's that work, since it obviously does?
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  3. Sep 25, 2005 #2

    Tom Mattson

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    You could start by replacing [itex]cos[(2n-1)x][/itex] with [itex]exp[i(2n-1)x][/itex], which will give you a geometric series.
  4. Sep 25, 2005 #3
    ok, thanks! Now here's a good 'ol check my work question

    y^3-x^2y=8, at the point (-3,1) is the slope 1 and the equation of the tangent line y=x+4?(that's what I got, I'm asking for confirmation)

    EDIT: Nevermind, there was a typo in the problem on the teacher's site, 'cuz I found the same problem in the book with the point being (3,-1), which it has to be because (-3,1) doesn't solve that equation! Then the answer is y=x-4, which I checked with some cool graphy thing I downloaded. Three cheers!

    and another one to get me started on

    III.2: Find the largest box (with faces parallel to the coordinate axes) that can be inscribed within the ellipsoid:

    (x^2)/4 + (y^2)/9 +(z^2)/25 =1

    I'm assuming it's some type of lagrange multiplier problem, but I dunno...
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2005
  5. Sep 25, 2005 #4
    Hah, yayyyy

    For those wondering how to do the box problem, f(x,y,z)=8xyz, and g(x,y,z)=[thatequationfortheellipse], and then it's just good 'ol Lagrange multiplier stuff, with 4 unknowns and 4 equation, which happen to solve real nicely
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