Proving trigo identity

1. May 6, 2005

whkoh

Prove (given that A+B+C=π):
$$\sin^2 A + \sin^2 B - \sin^2 C = 2 \sin A \sin B \sin C$$
I got this far:
$$\begin{matrix}\mbox{LHS} & = & \sin^2 A + \sin^2 B - \sin^2 C \\ \ & = & \sin^2 A + \left ( \sin B + \sin C \right ) \left ( \sin B - \sin C \right ) \\ \ & = & \sin^2 A + \left ( 2 \sin \frac{B+C}{2} \cos \frac{B-C}{2} \right) \left ( 2 \cos \frac{B+C}{2} \sin \frac{B-C}{2} \right ) \\ \ & = & \sin^2 A + \left (2 \sin \frac{A}{2} \cos \frac{B-C}{2} \right) \left ( 2 \cos \frac{-A}{2} \sin \frac{B-C}{2} \right ) \\ \ & = & \sin^2 A + \left ( -2 \sin \frac{A}{2} \cos \frac{A}{2} \right ) \left ( 2 \cos \frac{B-C}{2} \sin \frac{B-C}{2} \right ) \\ \ & = & \sin^2 A + \left ( -2 \sin A \right ) \left (2 \cos \frac{B-C}{2} \sin \frac{B-C}{2} \right ) \end{matrix}$$

TIA

Last edited: May 6, 2005
2. May 6, 2005

Muzza

In its current form, it's false. Try a = b = c = pi/3.

3. May 6, 2005

whkoh

Never mind, I got it already... right hand side should be cos C instead of sin C.