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cot^2(p/7) + cot^2(2p/7) + cot^2(3p/7) = 5.

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cot^2(p/7) + cot^2(2p/7) + cot^2(3p/7) = 5. - Apr 21st 2008, 12:41 PMtopsquark
- Apr 28th 2008, 07:07 PMJaneBennet
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It was proved that $\displaystyle \tan^2{\frac{\pi}{7}},\tan^2{\frac{2\pi}{7}},\tan^ 2{\frac{3\pi}{7}}$ are the roots of the equation $\displaystyle x^3-21x^2+35x-7=0$.

Hence $\displaystyle \cot^2{\frac{\pi}{7}},\cot^2{\frac{2\pi}{7}},\cot^ 2{\frac{3\pi}{7}}$ are the roots of the equation $\displaystyle \left(\frac{1}{x}\right)^3-21\left(\frac{1}{x}\right)^2+35\left(\frac{1}{x}\r ight)-7=0$, i.e. of the equation $\displaystyle 7x^3-35x^2+21x-1=0$.