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    sinx composition question

    I'm kind of confused with these

    is sin^2x and sinx^2 the same?

    if they are they both can be written as (sinx)^2 ?
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    Re: sinx composition question

    Quote Originally Posted by ameerulislam View Post
    I'm kind of confused with these
    is sin^2x and sinx^2 the same?
    if they are they both can be written as (sinx)^2 ?

    Absolutely not.

    You should use () with the sine function.

    \sin^2(x)=\left(\sin(x)\right)^2\ne\sin(x^2)
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    Re: sinx composition question

    Quote Originally Posted by Plato View Post
    Absolutely not.

    You should use () with the sine function.

    \sin^2(x)=\left(\sin(x)\right)^2\ne\sin(x^2)
    does the sine it self has any value? I mean sine is useless without x (which can be 0 or any other degrees). That makes me wonder is sin^2 or sin^2x is even valid..
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    Re: sinx composition question

    They're not. Unfortunately, we cannot make every write mathematics correctly (I've tried!) so we have to guess what they really mean!

    sin^2(x)= (sin(x))^2 but sin(x^2) is different.

    For example, if x= 1 then sin(x)= sin(1)= 0.84147, approximately, so that sin^2(1)= (sin(1))^2= (0.84147)^2= 0.70807 while [tex]sin(x^2)= sin(1)= 0.84147[tex].
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    Re: sinx composition question

    Quote Originally Posted by ameerulislam View Post
    does the sine it self has any value? I mean sine is useless without x (which can be 0 or any other degrees). That makes me wonder is sin^2 or sin^2x is even valid..
    I did warn you not to use \sin by itself!
    It is a function notation. As such, it must be written in function notation: \sin(x).

    It is quite often the case that the notation f^n(x) is used in place of \left(f(x)\right)^n.

    In several computer algebra systems, one must use \left(\sin(x)\right)^2 for they will not recognize \sin^2(x).

    But again, reread my post. I told to use () with the sine function.
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