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    cos(sin^(-1) v + cos^(-1) v)

    Show that cos(sin^(-1) v + cos^(-1) v) = 0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    Show that cos(sin^(-1) v + cos^(-1) v) = 0.
    Let \varphi = \sin^{-1}v and \vartheta=\cos^{-1}v

    First, we can rewrite \cos(\varphi+\vartheta) using the identity \cos(\varphi+\vartheta)=\cos\varphi\cos\vartheta-\sin\varphi\sin\vartheta

    Its good to note that \cos\vartheta=v and \sin\varphi=v [why do you think this is the case?]. So our expression can be written as v\cos\varphi-v\sin\vartheta

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    Now let's construct two different triangles, one that has an angle \varphi and an angle \vartheta

    Starting with \varphi, we see that the side opposite of the angle has a value of \text{opp}=v and that the hypotenuse has a value of \text{hyp}=1. Using the pythagorean theorem, we can find the value of the adjacent side:

    (\text{opp})^2+(\text{adj})^2=(\text{hyp})^2\impli  es (\text{adj})^2=(\text{hyp})^2-(\text{opp})^2\implies (\text{adj})^2=1^2-v^2 \implies \text{adj}=\sqrt{1-v^2}

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    Now, we construct at triangle for \vartheta. We see that the side adjacent of the angle has a value of \text{adj}=v and that the hypotenuse has a value of \text{hyp}=1. Using the pythagorean theorem, we can find the value of the opposite side:

    (\text{opp})^2+(\text{adj})^2=(\text{hyp})^2\impli  es (\text{opp})^2=(\text{hyp})^2-(\text{adj})^2\implies (\text{opp})^2=1^2-v^2 \implies \text{opp}=\sqrt{1-v^2}

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    Now what do you think v\cos\varphi-v\sin\vartheta equals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    Show that cos(sin^(-1) v + cos^(-1) v) = 0.
    sin^{-1}(v) and cos^{-1}(v) are complementary angles! What is cos(90 degrees)?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    sin^{-1}(v) and cos^{-1}(v) are complementary angles! What is cos(90 degrees)?
    haha...wow...I'm surprised I didn't notice that! Good one!

    The way I ended up doing this is acceptable, given that they didn't realize that \sin^{-1}(v) and \cos^{-1}(v) were complementary angles [Like I did ]

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    I see......

    Quote Originally Posted by HallsofIvy View Post
    sin^{-1}(v) and cos^{-1}(v) are complementary angles! What is cos(90 degrees)?
    Are you saying that the first reply is wrong?
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    this question...........

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris L T521 View Post
    haha...wow...I'm surprised I didn't notice that! Good one!

    The way I ended up doing this is acceptable, given that they didn't realize that \sin^{-1}(v) and \cos^{-1}(v) were complementary angles [Like I did ]

    --Chris
    This question is very involved.
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    Quote Originally Posted by magentarita View Post
    Are you saying that the first reply is wrong?
    He's not saying its wrong. He just happened to point out a faster way to the answer. Both ways are correct!

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