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Verifying the Identity

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Hi,

I'm new to this site and I'm very happy that I found it. My Pre-cal 2 teacher has been no help to me when it comes to explaining certain steps needed to solve a problem. Overall I'm having a hard time choosing the correct identity needed to solve the problems. However what I do not understand about this particular problem is how to change the denominator.

The question is:

Sec/Tan -Tan/Sec = cosxcotx

I started by expanding sec and tan which gave me (1/cos)/(sin/cos)-(cos/sin)/(1/cos)

but what should I do to change the denominator?
 

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Tom Mattson
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That's a good start. Now think back to arithmetic: What do you do when you are asked to divide two fractions? I ask this, because that's exactly what you have there. For instance:

[tex]\frac{\frac{1}{\cos(x)}}{\frac{\sin(x)}{\cos(x)}}=\frac{1}{\cos(x)}\div\frac{\sin(x)}{\cos(x)}[/tex]

Does that help?
 

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