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Math Help - How to get sin(x)?

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    How to get sin(x)?

    Hi, I was solving an integral and got this substitution

    t= tg(x/2) then sin(x) = (2t)/(1+t^2) and cos(x) = (1-t^2)/(1+t^2)

    How did I get sin(x) = (2t)/(1+t^2)?

    I know that t = sinx/(cosx+1) and sinx = [(cosx+1)*t]
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    Re: How to get sin(x)?

    Unfortunately, you start off by saying you "know" something that isn't true!
    tan(x)= \frac{sin(x)}{cos(x)} so tan(x(/2)= \frac{sin(x/2)}{cos(x/2)}= t. We have the trig identities sin(x/2)= \sqrt{(1/2)(1- cos(x)} and cos(x/2)= \sqrt{(1/2)(1+ cos(x})} so t= \sqrt{\frac{1- cos(x)}{1+ cos(x)}}, t^2= \frac{1- cos(x)}{1+ cos(x)}, t^2(1+ cos(x))= 1- cos(x), (t^2+ 1)cos(x)= 1- t^2 so that cos(x)= \frac{1- t^2}{1+ t^2}.
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    Re: How to get sin(x)?

    An alternative route through this is to start with the identity

    \tan(2A)= \frac{2\tan(A)}{1-\tan^{2}(A)}

    from which

    \tan x = \frac{2\tan(x/2)}{1-\tan^{2}(x/2)}.

    Let t=\tan(x/2), and we have \tan x = \frac{2t}{1-t^{2}}.

    Now draw a right-angled triangle with \text{ 'base angle'  } x,\text{  'opposite'  }2t\text{ and 'adjacent'  }1-t^{2}. Use Pythagoras to calculate the hypotenuse \text{  }1+t^{2}\text{  }, and so read off the expressions for \sin x \text{ and } \cos x.
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    Re: How to get sin(x)?

    Thank you both, I'll be studying this before my exam.

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