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Prove that cos(2∏/7), cos(4∏/7), cos(6∏/7) are the roots of this equation.

  1. Dec 19, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    When cos(4θ)=cos(3θ). prove that θ=0, 2∏/7, 4∏/7, 6∏/7

    Hence prove that cos(2∏/7), cos(4∏/7), cos(6∏/7) are the roots of 8x3+4x2-4x-1

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I can do the first part, but i have some difficulty in solving the second part. For the second part, I start by letting x= cosθ and try to solve the equation, however, i notice that i couldn't simplify the equation... so it is correct to let x=cosθ? How is the second part related to the first part? Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. Dec 19, 2012 #2

    Dick

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    Look at the equation cos(4θ)-cos(3θ)=0 and expand the multiple angles in terms of cos(θ). Yes, put x=cos(θ). Then try to factor it.
     
  4. Dec 19, 2012 #3

    haruspex

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    Yes. Do you know how to expand cos(a+b)?
     
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