# Math Help - [SOLVED] Complex Numbers- cos ( pi/5)

1. ## [SOLVED] Complex Numbers- cos ( pi/5)

I am trying to prove that cos(pi/5)= (1+sqrt(5))/4

I tried finding the 5th roots of unity and then just using the real part cis(pi/5) but then i dont know how to get it = (1+sqrt(5))/4.
I am stuck somewhere here.

2. i am still confused though. that website is for sin(pi/5) i let x=cos(theta) and now i have (x+y)^5 and i expanded it out. but now i am still stuck.

3. ## Cos pi/5

Hello kayla09

nzmathman has shown you how to find $\sin \pi/5$. Now use

$\cos^2(\pi/5) = 1 - \sin^2(\pi/5)$

$= 1 - \frac{5-\sqrt 5}{8}$

$= \frac{3+\sqrt 5}{8}$

$= \frac{6+2\sqrt 5}{16}$

$= \frac{1+2\sqrt 5+5}{16}$

$= \frac{(1+\sqrt 5)^2}{4^2}$

$\Rightarrow \cos(\pi/5) =\frac{1+\sqrt 5}{4}$, taking the positive square root.

Grandad

4. Thanks!!!