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Solve for tan(θ)

  1. Jul 10, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    1 ≤ μ (tan(θ)+1)/(tan(θ)-1)

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution
    1 - (tan(θ)-1)/(tan(θ)+1) ≤ μ
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2016
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  3. Jul 10, 2016 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    PF Rules require you to show your work and your own efforts to solve the problem.
     
  4. Jul 10, 2016 #3
    It's the last step I could get in a bigger problem and I really tried.
     
  5. Jul 10, 2016 #4

    Ray Vickson

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    Are you unable to show us your attempts?
     
  6. Jul 11, 2016 #5

    James R

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    What are you supposed to show? Are there values for ##\mu## or ##\theta##?
     
  7. Jul 11, 2016 #6

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    That's wrong. Try that again, but take it in easy steps. A step consists of performing a single operation on one side, and the same operation on the other side. Be clear at each step what operation you are performing on each side.
    Since this is an inequality, you have to be careful the inequality is still true after each step. This is because if you multiply or divide both sides by something, and that thing turns out to be negative, the inequality will reverse.
     
  8. Jul 11, 2016 #7

    haruspex

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    It's in the thread title. The requirement is to turn it into some bounds on tan(θ), as a function of μ presumably.
     
  9. Jul 12, 2016 #8

    James R

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    Sorry. I didn't read the thread title!
     
  10. Jul 12, 2016 #9
    Consider three options
    tan(θ) <1
    tan(θ) >1
    tan(θ) = 1

    And what is μ? Is it positive? Can it be negative or 0?
     
  11. Jul 12, 2016 #10

    Ray Vickson

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    There are really four cases. If ##T \equiv \tan(\theta)##, then we can have
    [tex] \begin{array}{c}
    T < -1\\
    -1 \leq T < 1 \\
    T = 1\\
    T > 1
    \end{array}[/tex]
    Knowing the sign of ##\mu## will eliminate one or more of these cases.
     
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