# More trig homework

given cos theta=4/9, where 3pi/2 is less than/equal theta greater than/equal 2pi.
Find exact value of sin1/2theta+cos1/2theta

I have come up with sq rt10 + sq rt26 / 6

Just don't have a warm fuzzy

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VietDao29
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Nope, I don't think it's right.
You have:
$$\frac{3\pi}{2} \leq \theta \leq 2\pi$$
$$\Leftrightarrow \frac{3\pi}{4} \leq \frac{\theta}{2} \leq \pi$$
So $$\sin \frac{\theta}{2} > 0$$, and $$\cos \frac{\theta}{2} < 0$$
You also have:
$$\cos(\alpha + \beta) = \cos \alpha \cos \beta - \sin \alpha \sin \beta$$
Therefore:
$$\cos 2 \theta = \cos ^ 2 \theta - \sin ^ 2 \theta = 2\cos ^ 2 \theta - 1$$
In other word:
$$\cos \theta = \cos ^ 2 \frac{\theta}{2} - \sin ^ 2 \frac{\theta}{2} = 2\cos ^ 2 \frac{\theta}{2} - 1$$
From the equation, you will work out cos(theta / 2). Remember that cos(theta / 2) < 0.
You can then use
$$\cos ^ 2 \alpha + \sin ^ 2 \alpha = 1$$
to find out sin(theta / 2). Remember sin(theta / 2) > 0.
Viet Dao,

How would I express that in radical form?

VietDao29
Homework Helper
What do you mean?
Have you covered:
$$\cos 2 \theta = \cos ^ 2 \theta - \sin ^ 2 \theta = 2\cos ^ 2 \theta - 1 = 1 - 2\sin ^ 2 \theta$$ yet?
Viet Dao,

I came up with:
sq rt 10 - sq rt 26 all over 6

VietDao29
Homework Helper
Yup, that's correct.
Viet Dao,