Trig triangle problem

Homework Statement

Use the given triangle to prove that for 0 < X <90, 1 + tan^2X = 1 / cos^2X

(the given triangle is right angled with angle X marked. The hypotenuse is labeled c, adjacent angle is labeled a and the opposite angle is labeled b)

The Attempt at a Solution

I have no idea where to begin,
tanX = b/a
cosX = a/c

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tiny-tim
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Hi crazy_v! Welcome to PF!
Use the given triangle to prove that for 0 < X <90, 1 + tan^2X = 1 / cos^2X

tanX = b/a
cosX = a/c
But you're there

just put b/a and a/c into the original equation, and you have … ?

Cyosis
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Since $$\cos \theta=\frac{a}{c} \Rightarrow \cos^2 \theta=\frac{a^2}{c^2}$$. Write c^2 in terms of a and b now, hint Pythagoras.

thanks guys

yeah that looks a lot more obvious now, thanks anyways