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    Post Trig Function Equations

    1. (tan^-1)x = -1

    2. sin^-1(sinx) = π/10

    Thanks for your help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by live_laugh_luv27 View Post
    1. (tan^-1)x = -1

    2. sin^-1(sinx) = π/10

    Thanks for your help!
    You need to understand inverse trig functions to solve these. If the tangent of a ratio of (opposite)/(adjacent) legs of a right triangle give you an angle, then the inverse tangent intuitively takes an angle and gives a ratio. So in your problem, x, is an angle. So using this info, can you draw the right triangle that it is describing? Once you do, you will know the angle because it's a famous right triangle, one of those you have to memorize.

    How do you think sine and inverse sine are related?

    edit: Ok it seems this isn't enough to grab your attention. For #1) you can also think of it as x=\tan^{-1}(-1). So if x is an angle, -1 is a ratio. That is obviously simplified though, since the ratio is of (opposite)/(adjacent). Thus must be that either the opposite leg is 1 or 1 and that the adjacent leg is 1 or -1, but they can't both be the same sign, or the ratio would be positive.
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