For what values of x is arcsin(sin x) = x?

This is for a calculus class. I'm kind of confused.

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- Mar 8th 2011, 08:23 AMMush89arcsin(sin x) = x
For what values of x is arcsin(sin x) = x?

This is for a calculus class. I'm kind of confused. - Mar 8th 2011, 08:33 AMPlato
- Mar 8th 2011, 11:54 AMSoroban
Hello, Mush89!

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$\displaystyle \text{For what values of }x\text{ is }\,\arcsin(\sin x) \,=\, x\,?$

Interesting question!

Since $\displaystyle \arcsin$ always returns the*principal*__value__

. . I would say: .$\displaystyle x \in \left[\text{-}\frac{\pi}{2},\:\frac{\pi}{2}\right]$

For other angles, say, $\displaystyle \frac{5\pi}{6}$,

. . we have: .$\displaystyle \sin\frac{5\pi}{6} = \frac{1}{2}$

. . then: .$\displaystyle \arcsin(\frac{1}{2}) \,=\,\frac{\pi}{6}$

That is: .$\displaystyle \arcsin(\sin\frac{5\pi}{6}) \:=\:\frac{\pi}{6}$