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    maximum value of sine

    show that sinx (1+cosx) has a maximum value when x=Pie/3
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shivanand View Post
    show that sinx (1+cosx) has a maximum value when x=Pie/3
    f(x) = sin(x)(1+cos(x)) = sin(x) + sin(x)cos(x)

    Differentiate!

    f'(x) = cos(x)( \, 1+cos(x) \, ) + sin(x)(\, -sin(x) \, )

    Maximum occurs when  f'(x) = 0

    f'(x) = cos(x)(1+cos(x) + sin(x)(-sin(x)) = 0

    cos(x) + cos^2(x) - sin^2(x) = 0 (Remember that  cos^2(x) - sin^2(x) = cos(2x) )

    cos(x) + cos(2x) = 0

    cos(x) + 2cos^2(x) -1 = 0 Remember that  cos(2x) =2cos^2(x) - 1

    cos(x)(1+2cos(x)) = 1

    Take it from here?
    Last edited by mr fantastic; December 17th 2008 at 04:25 AM. Reason: Fixed the brackets
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mush View Post
    f(x) = sin(x)(1+cos(x)) {\color{red}= sin(x) + sin(x)cos(x)} Mr F says: The red stuff in this line is unnecessary (since you don't use it in your solution) and in fact unhelpful and potentially confusing to the OP.

    Differentiate!

    f'(x) = cos(x)( \, 1+cos(x) \, ) + sin(x)(\, -sin(x) \, )

    Maximum occurs when  f'(x) = 0

    f'(x) = cos(x)(1+cos(x) + sin(x)(-sin(x)) = 0

    cos(x) + cos^2(x) - sin^2(x) = 0 (Remember that  cos^2(x) - sin^2(x) = cos(2x) ) Mr F says: Alternatively and more efficiently, remember the Pythagorean Identity {\color{red}\cos^2 x + \sin^2 x = 1 \Rightarrow \sin^2 x = 1 - \cos^2 x}. I'll pick up from here in my main reply below.

    cos(x) + cos(2x) = 0

    cos(x) + 2cos^2(x) -1 = 0 Remember that  cos(2x) =2cos^2(x) - 1

    cos(x)(1+2cos(x)) = 1 Mr F says: This line does not lead anywhere helpful and may well reinforce a common misconception regarding the null factor law and its misuse.
    Take it from here?
    \Rightarrow \cos x + 2 \cos^2 x -1 = 0

    \Rightarrow 2 \cos^2 x + \cos x - 1 = 0

    \Rightarrow (2 \cos x - 1)(\cos x + 1) = 0

    and you should be able to see what happens now.
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    Hello,

    \sin(x)(1+\cos(x))=\sin(x)+\sin(x)\cos(x)=\sin(x)+  \frac 12 \sin(2x)

    Differentiate :
    \cos(x)+\cos(2x)

    Set it equal to 0 :
    \cos(x)+\cos(2x)=0

    \cos(2x)=\cos(\pi \pm x)

    And we know that \cos(a)=\cos(b) \Leftrightarrow a=b \text{ or } a=-b \quad +2k \pi
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