# Quick trig

1. May 29, 2006

### bomba923

$$\tan 2\theta = \frac{{2r + k\cos \theta }}{{2h - k\sin \theta }}$$

How to (isolate) find $$\theta \; {?}$$
($h,k,r >0$)

Last edited: May 29, 2006
2. May 29, 2006

### bomba923

!Anyone??
(It's just trigonometry!)

3. May 30, 2006

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
That's right, it's just trigonometry so how about you showing some idea of how you would at least try to solve the proglem!

4. May 30, 2006

### dimensionless

There is a function that is the reverse of a tangent.

5. May 31, 2006

### malaygoel

are h,k ,r independent of each other?

6. May 31, 2006

### HallsofIvy

Staff Emeritus
$$tan(2\theta)= \frac{2tan(\theta)}{1+ tan^2(\theta)}$$
$$= \frac{\frac{2sin(\theta)}{cos(\theta)}}{1+ \frac{sin^2(\theta)}{cos^2(\theta)}}$$
$$= \frac{2sin(\theta)cos(\theta)}{sin^2(\theta)+ cos^2(\theta)}= 2sin(\theta)cos(\theta)$$
$$2 sin(\theta)cos(\theta)= \frac{2r+ kcos(\theta)}{2h-ksin(\theta)}$$

Multiply both sides by the denominator on the right and you will have a quadratic equation for sin($\theta$).

7. May 31, 2006

### VietDao29

Err, so are you saying that: tan(2x) = 2sin(x) cos(x) = sin(2x)? :tongue:
There's a slight error in the first step. It should be:
$$\tan (2 \theta) = \frac{2 \tan \theta}{1 - \tan ^ 2 \theta}$$. :)
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@ bomba923, have you done anything? I just wonder whether you are asking others to help you or you are just challenging people...