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Trig homework problem

  1. Oct 29, 2006 #1
    How do I show that


    are actually polynomials of degree n?

    If n=2 then


    but this seems to break down as n increases.
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  3. Oct 29, 2006 #2


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    So if x=cos(y), you want to show cos(ny) is a nth degree polynomial in cos(y). Induction is usually the first thing to try whenever there's an n knocking about.
  4. Oct 29, 2006 #3


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    It also definitely fails for n=1, but since you started with 2, maybe we're ignoring that
  5. Oct 29, 2006 #4
    How does it fail for n=1? The function f(x)=x is a polynomial.
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