# Homework Help: Transform General EQ Acos(wt)+Bsin(wt)

1. Jan 19, 2016

### RJLiberator

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Show that Ccos(wt+phi) = Acos(wt)+Bsin(wt)
2. Relevant equations
Trig identity that states cos(wt+phi) = cos(wt)cos(phi)-sin(wt)sin(phi)

3. The attempt at a solution

Ccos(wt+phi)=(Ccos(phi))cos(wt)+(-Csin(phi))sin(wt)
let A = Ccos(phi)
Let B = -Csin(phi)

Ccos(wt+phi) = Acos(wt)+Bsin(wt)
and done.

Is this as simple as I have shown? Or am I making a critical mistake in letting A = Ccos(phi) and B = -Csin(phi)?
Is there a more rigorous way of doing this that would be expected?

Since phi is a constant, C is a constant, I would think that this is a suitable way to prove that these two sides are equal, but I can't help but feel a bit weak here about this.

2. Jan 19, 2016

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Yes, it is just that simple.

3. Jan 19, 2016

### RJLiberator

Excelent. Thank you for the confirmation, then I know I am on the right track.

Now the question states to express C and phi as a function of A and B. In this case, I set the equations equal to each other
Ccos(wt+phi) = Acos(wt)+Bsin(wt) and isolate C and phi, I assume.

4. Jan 19, 2016

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Going in this direction can be a bit trickier. The results you have in the OP should help with this.