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Homework Help: Trig identity proof

  1. Jul 13, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Prove the identity.

    2. Relevant equations

    http://postimage.org/image/vjhwki1ax/ [Broken]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    Last edited by a moderator: May 6, 2017
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  3. Jul 13, 2012 #2


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    Speaking only for myself, I would be more inclined to help out if I didn't have to open one link to see the problem, and open another link to see what you did.
  4. Jul 13, 2012 #3
    I noticed that after all of your work, you got the problem to cos(3x)cos(x)-sin(x)sin(3x).

    Using sec(x) = 1/cos(x) and csc(x) = 1/sin(x);

    cos(3x)/sec(x) - sin(x)/csc(3x)
    cos(3x)/(1/cos(x)) - sin(x)/(1/sin(3x))
    cos(3x)cos(x) - six(x)sin(3x)
  5. Jul 13, 2012 #4


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    I can't view his solution. But if he's already got it into that form, he can just use the angle sum formula for cosine to express that as [itex]\cos kx[/itex], where k is some positive integer (which he needs to work out). Then use the double angle formula for cosine to split it up again, yielding the required proof.
  6. Jul 13, 2012 #5


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    Looking at the OP's solution, the OP went the complicated route to go from the LHS to the bolded part above. Villyer just simplified the process.
  7. Jul 13, 2012 #6
    cos(3x)cos(x) - six(x)sin(3x)

    cos (4x)

    cos^2 2x - sin^2 2x

    Thanks all.
  8. Jul 13, 2012 #7


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    Looks great, but you might want to put "=" signs in between the lines.
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