Come up with a trig identity for valid for ALL angles.
You are not allowed to use the number 2.
Isosceles right triangle with hypotenuse = 1 has equal sides = sqrt(2)/2;
you knew that?
I don't know man. What's it worth to you? I feel like I should get something out of this. Like a special plaque or something. "Discoverer of the sqrt(2)/2 trig identity, heretofore unknown to humans." At least a t-shirt. Or I suppose I would be satisfied with a check for $100.
Haven't you guys ever noticed how gives you a vertical unit ellipse of semi-minor axis ?
This is basically the common polar equation that is usually given for the ellipse. Where does the b come from?
If you actually derive the equation yourself from scratch using trigonometry, you find out:
When you substitute for the equation simplifies to:
This in iteself is intriguing. An astuter mathematician will be able to derive the identity in question just from this info. But in my case I was not sure how to manipulate the b of the vertical ellipse, so I rotated it 90 degrees...
This gives the same ellipse with the same b, but horizontally oriented. Next I just set the two equations equal to each other and solved for b (where b of course = ):
Square both sides and you get an identity for too. If anyone finds some genius application for this I'd like to hear about it.
Now, can anyone derive the hyperbolic function correlate?