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Homework Help: I need help proving two Trig identities!

  1. Feb 27, 2006 #1
    1. Cos x (sec x + cos x csc^2 x) = csc^2 x

    I got as far as this.... 1 + cos^2 + cos/sin^2 = csc^2

    2. tan x(sin x + cot x cos x) = sec x
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  3. Feb 27, 2006 #2
    1. Change everything on the left into terms of cos and sin. Then distribute the cosx, after that try to combine anything you can, change anything you can to tanx, etc.

    2. Again, change everything you can into sin and cos first, then distribute.

    A few of the most important things to keep in mind are, when you are done with simplifying things and whatnot, if something is a fraction, combine the terms. In such trig identities, one of the most used basic definitions is tanx=sinx/cosx
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2006
  4. Feb 27, 2006 #3


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    Well, you made a mistake somewhere. Substitute in some random angle and you can see that this is not true.
  5. Feb 27, 2006 #4
    hey you, i got this
    just solve the left side
    then multiply ,so...
    since 1+cot^2X one of the trig identity which equals
    to csc^2X, problem solved
  6. Feb 27, 2006 #5
    For the future, mrtkawa, have the original poster attempt his/her own work instead of providing the full solution.
  7. Feb 28, 2006 #6
    I was able to solve this till 1+cot^2 = Csc^2 , but do you just use pythagorean identity to fine the identity or what? How are these two equal?
  8. Feb 28, 2006 #7
    for 2.

    change everything to cos and sin

    SinX/CosX[SinX + CosX/SinX(CosX)] = 1/Cosx

    work inside the bracket now.

    Cosx/sinx(cosx) = cos^2x/sinx
    SinX + Cos^2x/Sinx Now get common denominators
    you should notice something and be able to work from there.
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