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    minimum positive value.

    If a,b are positive quantities and a\geq b.Then find Minimum positive value of asec\theta-btan\theta
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     \displaystyle a \sec \theta \tan \theta - b \sec^{2} \theta = 0

     \displaystyle \frac{a}{b} = \frac{\sec \theta}{\tan \theta}

     \displaystyle \frac{a}{b} = \frac{1}{\sin \theta}

     \displaystyle \frac{b}{a} = \sin \theta

     \displaystyle \theta = \arcsin \frac {b}{a} + 2 \pi n, \ n = 0, \ \pm 1, \pm2, ...
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    but ans is in terms of a and b i.e

    asec\theta-btan\theta \geq \sqrt{a^2-b^2}
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    Hello, jacks!

    but ans is in terms of \,a and \,b

    a\sec\theta-b\tan\theta \:\geq\: \sqrt{a^2-b^2}

    Random Variable did the hard work for you . . .


    \text{We have: }\:f(\theta) \:=\:a\sec\theta - b\tan\theta

    \text{He found that }\,f'(\theta) = 0\,\text{ when }\,\sin\theta \,=\,\dfrac{b}{a}

    . . \text{Hence: }\;\sec\theta \,=\,\dfrac{a}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}},\;\;\tan\theta \,=\,\dfrac{b}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}


    Substitute into the function:

    . . \displaystyle a\sec\theta - b\tan\theta \;\ge\;a\frac{a}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}} - b\frac{b}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . \displaystyle =\;\frac{a^2}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}} - \frac{b^2}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}}

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . \displaystyle =\;\frac{a^2-b^2}{\sqrt{a^2-b^2}} \;=\;\sqrt{a^2-b^2}


    \text{Therefore: }\;a\sec\theta - b\tan\theta \;\ge \;\sqrt{a^2+b^2}

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    Thanks Random variable and Sorobon.
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