# What is value of tan[theta]

1. Jul 3, 2010

### yaseen shah

in above image what is value of tan[theta].
a)y/y+2x b)x/x+y c)y/y+x d)y/x

This is not Home work! this question belongs to entry test.Which I
can not solve so please do not give hints.

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2. Jul 3, 2010

### D H

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Re: tan

This looks like homework.

What do you think? The primary purpose of this site is to help students do their homework. We do not do it for you. Please show some work.

3. Jul 3, 2010

### Gerenuk

Re: tan

Hint:
What is $$tan(x+\pi/4)$$

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4. Jul 3, 2010

Re: tan

What sort of hint is that?

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5. Jul 3, 2010

### Gerenuk

Re: tan

This forum is not for lazy students who don't want to do their homework and we are not supposed to do it for them. So I gave a hint only. With that hint you can solve the problem without any thought about geometry. It's a 4 line mathematical rearrangement.

6. Jul 3, 2010

### HallsofIvy

Re: tan

It's and excellent one! I will admit that for a moment I forgot that the smaller right triangle had both legs of length x.

7. Jul 4, 2010

### Unit

Re: tan

Gerenek, from your hint, I found the answer using the formula for tan(α+β). Is this an acceptable way to go about it? It took me than four steps...

8. Jul 4, 2010

Re: tan

My solution was both general and intuitive. It helps in understanding how & why. The insight gained will be useful in the real world.

The proverbial fishing pole.
The solution based on the little triangle being isosceles won't work if it isn't.

9. Jul 4, 2010

### Gerenuk

Re: tan

There is nothing intuitive about the need for new sketches and a length derivation. Also you fail the exam by running out of time if you solve the tasks much more generally than needed.

10. Jul 4, 2010

### HallsofIvy

Re: tan

What solution? Your entire contribution to this thread was "What sort of hint is that?"

In this problem it is. Gerunuk gave a hint to solve this problem.

11. Jul 4, 2010

Re: tan

It got deleted in exchange for an infraction.

12. Jul 4, 2010

### eumyang

Re: tan

Hints are all you'll get here, I'm afraid. If this question is from an entrance exam, and a student doesn't know how to do problems like these, then he/she shouldn't belong to the program/school/course he/she is entering?

Gerenuk's hint is excellent. Do you know your trigonometric identities?

It took me 6 lines, not 4, but I tend to write more steps than probably what is necessary.

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