# Inverse sine and cosine

To show that
cos-1(-x)-cos-1(x)=2sin-1(x)

I tried
take x= sina
taking cos of the whole equation
cos(cos-1(-x))-cos(cos-1(x))=2cos(sin-1(x))
now we have to prove : -x-x=2cos(sin-1(x))
LHS: -2x=-2sina=2cos(a+pi/2)
RHS: 2cosa

Iam not sure how to proceed further..can anyone help me with this..

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marcusl
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To show that
cos-1(-x)-cos-1(x)=2sin-1(x)

I tried
take x= sina
taking cos of the whole equation
cos(cos-1(-x))-cos(cos-1(x))=2cos(sin-1(x))
This equation is incorrect. You need to expand cos(arcos(-x) - arcos(x)) properly,
You will then need to use relations like cos(arsin(y))=sqrt(1-y^2)
now we have to prove : -x-x=2cos(sin-1(x))
LHS: -2x=-2sina=2cos(a+pi/2)
RHS: 2cosa

Iam not sure how to proceed further..can anyone help me with this..

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