# Thread: help simplify the expression

1. ## help simplify the expression

simplify the expression:
cos(2arctanx)

im not really sure if im heading in the right direction or not....

3. ## Re: help simplify the expression

$\displaystyle cos(2\theta)= 2 cos(\theta)sin(\theta)$

And, if $\displaystyle \theta= arctan(x)$, then $\displaystyle tan(\theta)= x$.

We can represent that by a right triangle having angle $\displaystyle \theta$, "opposite side" x, and "near side" 1. By the Pythagorean theorem the hypotenuse has length $\displaystyle \sqrt{1+ x^2}$. So what are $\displaystyle cos(\theta)$ and $\displaystyle sin(\theta)$?

4. ## Re: help simplify the expression

i know that but is my answer right?
Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
[tex]cos(2\theta)= 2 cos(\theta)sin(\theta)[/itex]

And, if $\displaystyle \theta= arctan(x)$, then $\displaystyle tan(\theta)= x$.

We can represent that by a right triangle having angle $\displaystyle \theta$, "opposite side" x, and "near side" 1. By the Pythagorean theorem the hypotenuse has length $\displaystyle \sqrt{1+ x^2}$. So what are $\displaystyle cos(\theta)$ and $\displaystyle sin(\theta)$?

5. ## Re: help simplify the expression

Originally Posted by HallsofIvy
$\displaystyle cos(2\theta)= 2 cos(\theta)sin(\theta)$

And, if $\displaystyle \theta= arctan(x)$, then $\displaystyle tan(\theta)= x$.

We can represent that by a right triangle having angle $\displaystyle \theta$, "opposite side" x, and "near side" 1. By the Pythagorean theorem the hypotenuse has length $\displaystyle \sqrt{1+ x^2}$. So what are $\displaystyle cos(\theta)$ and $\displaystyle sin(\theta)$?
I'm pretty sure that \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \cos{2\theta} \end{align*} is NOT \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} 2\cos{\theta}\sin{\theta} \end{align*}. That would be \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \sin{2\theta} \end{align*}.

Rather, \displaystyle \displaystyle \begin{align*} \cos{2\theta} \equiv 2\cos^2{\theta} - 1 \end{align*}.