cos2x = 3/4
So to find x, I would go: (cos^{-1} (3/4)) / 2
This answer gives x = 20.7
But the memo gives x = 0.36 and 2.78.
How did they get to those 2 values?
The book's answer is given in radians. Yours is in degrees. Always use radians!
Also, there are infinite number of possible such x:
, so
.
The books 2nd answer corresponds to .
In a sense, there are just two "different" answers (given by that ), because all the rest are just integer mulitples of added to those two.
Did you understand what I wrote?
Do you know where " " comes from?
It's algebraically how you get all solutions. (In this case, we had to divide by 2 everywhere from that initial set.) Then to see how many solutions fall within some interval stated by your problem, you simply examine your solution set and algebraically decide which ones are in the desired range. That typically involves "getting an inequality for n" and solving it.
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Here that would be and .
Since is in , for the first case must have only, since if you added to something positive you'd jump ahead of , and likewise if you subtracted a , since you're not bigger than , you'd end up negative.
For simlar reasons, .
So you should hopefully just "see it". However, in algebraic detail, solving those inequalities you get:
and
Now you could put that into your calculator to get: and , so n = 0 and m = 1.
Or you could note that, since is in , it follows that .
Thus
and ,
so again n = 0 and m = 1.
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I'll give a visual description - maybe it'll make sense, maybe not:
The full solution is an infinite set of points. Imagine them highlighted on a number line. The solution in a range will just be a "window" on the number line. However, that "2x" means that the final x you get will "bring more solutions into your window", because to go from 2x to x is to multiply by 1/2, which "shrinks the number line".