# Trig identity question

## Main Question or Discussion Point

I'm trying to solve this trig problem:

sin^2000(x) + cos^2000(x) = 1

I'm not sure how to go about it... I tried starting with sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1 and build up to 2000 but I didn't get very far.

Obviously any multiple of pi will be an answer since either sin^2000 or cos^2000 will be 1 and the other will be 0. Are there others as well?

thx
-Kirstin.

arildno
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You KNOW that $\sin^{2}(x)+\cos^{2}(x)=1[/tex] Set [itex]a=\sin^{1998}(x), b=\cos^{1998}(x)$
and your equation can be written as:
$$a\sin^{2}(x)+b\cos^{2}(x)=1$$

Subtract the first from the second, yielding:
$$(a-1)\sin^{2}(x)+(b-1)\cos^{2}(x)=0$$

Aha..... I would say there are no other solutions other than what I already mentioned.

First note that the last expression you stated is equivalent to the original one we want to solve.

Solutions will occur either where $$(a-1)\sin^{2}(x)=0$$ and $$(b-1)\cos^{2}(x) =0$$, or where $$(a-1)\sin^{2}(x)=-(b-1)\cos^{2}(x)$$.

The first situation has the solutions mentioned earlier.

The second situation does not have any solutions since LHS is always negative (since 0 < a < 1) and RHS is always positive.

arildno