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Inverse Trig Function Help needed!

  1. Sep 12, 2013 #1
    How does this work? I'm very confused about the phi is solved using inverse sin.
    knowing: A=(c[itex]^{2}_{1}[/itex]+c[itex]^{2}_{2}[/itex])[itex]^{1/2}[/itex] and c[itex]_{2}[/itex]= Acos([itex]\phi[/itex])
    solve for [itex]\phi[/itex]
    which yields: [itex]\phi[/itex]=sin[itex]^{-1}[/itex][itex]\frac{c_{2}}{(c^{2}_{1}+c^{2}_{2})^{1/2}}[/itex]=tan[itex]^{-1}[/itex][itex]\frac{c_{2}}{c_{1}}[/itex]
    I'm not sure how we use the inverse sin to find the phi in the cos function.
    I thought to get the inside of the parenthesis of cos you would use inverse cos, or cos[itex]^{-1}[/itex]. Where am I going wrong?
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  3. Sep 13, 2013 #2


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    Your math expressions are yielding an error here.

    Just as there are many trigonometric relationships, so there are apparently just as many relations between their inverses. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inverse_trigonometric_functions

    As always, start with the easiest, defining relationships and build out from there. Note that as sine and cosine are related by complementary angles, so are their inverses.
  4. Sep 13, 2013 #3
    I thought this was an error, but the solutions manual to my quantum mechanics class AND the handwritten solutions provided by my professor both have this error. Thank you for confirming!!
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