# Solving Trigonometric Equations

## Homework Statement

use the inverse functions where necessary to find all solution of the equation in the interval [0,2pi). Use a graphing utility to verify.

2cos(squared)x+3cosx=0

## The Attempt at a Solution

The answer is pi/2 and 3pi/2 from my teacher..
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2cos(squared)x=-3cosx
2cosx=-3
cosx=-3/2

stuck

You can solve it like any other quadratic. What would you do with 2y2 + 3y = 0 ?

mjsd
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also remember you cannot divide both side by cos x (or y in turdferguson redefinition), because cos x can be zero (and in fact it is a solution)

Dick
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As turdferguson points out, it's not completely valid to divide both sides by cos(x). What if cos(x)=0?

I can factor out cosx? (sorry, this is midterm, and this stuff is what we did in January:p)

2cos(squared)x+3cosx=0
cosx(2cosx+3)=0
cosx=0 and cosx=-3/2

I can figure cosx=0 to be x=pi/2 and 3pi/2 but can anyone remind me why cosx=-3/2 doesn't work (invalid in calc)?
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I think because adj/hyp, and adj has to be smaller than hyp, so cos or sin > 1 = no solution?

Dick