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I am rediscovering my long lost "A" level maths and have been having lots of fun working on puzzles. Unfortunately, I seem to have hit something of a wall in the following simple expression that is repelling every attack I launch:

f(x)=[tex]Sqrt[/tex](1+kcos(x))

I have tried substituting x=arccos(w) and w=arccos(w/k), expressing things as logs, mungeing the equations I get, and a number of slightly more desperate attacks, but whatever I do to get rid of one term or provide something that can be canceled out, a new problem pops up.

I feel that there is a simple answer to this, but the more I look at it the less I can see the way forward.

Any suggestions anyone?

I am rediscovering my long lost "A" level maths and have been having lots of fun working on puzzles. Unfortunately, I seem to have hit something of a wall in the following simple expression that is repelling every attack I launch:

f(x)=[tex]Sqrt[/tex](1+kcos(x))

I have tried substituting x=arccos(w) and w=arccos(w/k), expressing things as logs, mungeing the equations I get, and a number of slightly more desperate attacks, but whatever I do to get rid of one term or provide something that can be canceled out, a new problem pops up.

I feel that there is a simple answer to this, but the more I look at it the less I can see the way forward.

Any suggestions anyone?

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