# How to find the exact value of cos 67.5 ?

1. Feb 19, 2012

### jkristia

One of the questions in the homework for online precalc class I'm taking is to find the exact value for cos (67.5).
At first I didn't realize that I should just take the half angle of 135, so instead I tried to find the value for cos (45 + 45/2), and got stuck at this point.

If I calculate the actual value I get the correct answer, but I'm not able to see how I can simplify this further.
I know the solution is as simple as finding the half angle value of

Any suggestions of how I can get from my first attempt solution to the simpler (and correct) solution?

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2. Feb 19, 2012

### genericusrnme

How is Cos(x) related to Cos(x+90), how is Cos(x+90) related to other trig functions?

3. Feb 19, 2012

### vela

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Try multiplying both the top and bottom by $\sqrt{2-\sqrt{2}}$.

4. Feb 19, 2012

### jkristia

>>How is Cos(x) related to Cos(x+90), how
yeah, that definitely makes it simpler

>>Try multiplying both the top and bottom by
I have tried, but I seem to end up with a square root I can't get rid of, but I will keep trying.

Jesper

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5. Feb 19, 2012

### ehild

Hi, jkristia,

Square your formula for cos(45+45/2), simplify, and then take the square root.

ehild

6. Feb 20, 2012

### jkristia

ah - of course, that works
Thank you very much