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Solving for Theta, wolfram doesn't give anything useful

  1. Sep 17, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I need to write a function of theta in terms of a particular variable. I just can't seem to figure it out; the only solution I can come up with is when the aforementioned variable is equal to 0 or 1. I'm using Q to denote theta, and b is the variable.

    sin^3(Q)/cos(Q)=b^2


    2. Relevant equations
    Any and all trig identities.
    I've used sin^2(x)+cos^(x)=1, sin(2x)=2sin(x)cos(x), I haven't stumbled into any work that led me to use other identities!

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Around 5 pages of scratch work, all for naught.
    Any relevant trig identities I might be missing would be nice to know, if anyone figures this out soon! Thanks!
     
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  3. Sep 17, 2012 #2

    SammyS

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    sin3(θ)/cos(θ) = 1/(cot(θ)csc2(θ)) = 1/(cot(θ)+cot3(θ))

    but I don't think this will help all that much.
     
  4. Sep 17, 2012 #3

    Dick

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    You can reduce it to a polynomial equation. Square both sides. Replace cos(Q)^2 by 1-sin(Q)^2. Now let P=sin(Q)^2. You'll get a cubic equation in P. You CAN solve a cubic exactly, but the solutions are so complicated as to be almost useless. You will have a little advantage here because there is no P^2 term. But it's still pretty complicated. Stuff like this is usually handled numerically, not analytically.
     
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