# How do I factorise this radian equation?

1. Jul 10, 2012

### Olly_price

Factorise:

2sinx cosx - 4sin^3x cosx

I don't want just a simple explanation with an answer, I need a full explanation of every mathematical step.

2. Jul 10, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

2 * S * C - 4 * S * S * S * C

cant you see the common factors in each term?

we cant help you if you dont show any work.

3. Jul 10, 2012

### Staff: Mentor

is this a repeat post of the same problem?

This was previously posted in another thread!

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4. Jul 10, 2012

### eumyang

How's your algebra skills? If you can factorize this algebraic expression:
2xy - 4x3y
... then you should be able to factorize the original problem in a similar way.

Sorry, no can do. If this is homework, then giving solutions would be against the forum rules.

5. Jul 10, 2012

### arildno

You simply MUST provide some intial steps on your own (you DO have that, right?)
THEN, we can help you along with some more!

While your expression can most elegantly be expressed strictly in terms of a single sine function, with amplitude one half, you need to show some willingness to get there at least some part of the way.

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6. Jul 11, 2012