# Thread: Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

1. ## Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

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2. Hi

You can use the trig identity $\tan(2x) = \frac{2\tan x}{1-tan^2x}$ and factor

3. Originally Posted by SarahGr
Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

I have no idea how to solve this one =[
Hi SarahGr,

Solve:

$\tan 2x + \tan x = 0$

Recall that $\tan 2x=\frac{2 \tan x}{1-\tan^2 x}$

$\frac{2 \tan x}{1-\tan^2 x}+ \tan x=0$

$2 \tan x+\tan x(1-\tan^2 x)=0$

$2 \tan x+ \tan x - \tan^3 x=0$

$3 \tan x - \tan^3 x=0$

$\tan x(3-\tan^2 x)=0$

$3-\tan^2 x=0$

$\tan^2 x=3$

$\tan x = \sqrt{3}$

$x = 60^{\circ} \ \ or \ \ \frac{\pi}{3}$ radians and $240^{\circ} \ \ or \ \ \frac{4\pi}{3}$ radians.

4. $\tan^2 x=3$ can also lead to $\tan x = -\sqrt{3}$

$x = 120^{\circ}$

$x = 300^{\circ}$

5. Originally Posted by running-gag
$\tan^2 x=3$ can also lead to $\tan x = -\sqrt{3}$

$x = 120^{\circ}$

$x = 300^{\circ}$
$tan(x) = 0$ is also a solution

$x = 0^o \text { , } 0 \text { radians }$

$x = 180^o \text { , } \pi \text { radians }$

$x = 360^{\circ} \text { , } 2\pi \text { radians }$

6. Originally Posted by e^(i*pi)
$tan(x) = 0$ is also a solution
Of course it is !

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8. ## Re: Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

overall, with tan(x)=0, tan(x)=√3, tan(x)=-√3

between 0≤x≤360: x= 0°, 60°, 120°, 180°, 240°, 300°, 360°

9. ## Re: Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

Originally Posted by masters
Hi SarahGr,

Solve:

$\tan 2x + \tan x = 0$

Recall that $\tan 2x=\frac{2 \tan x}{1-\tan^2 x}$

$\frac{2 \tan x}{1-\tan^2 x}+ \tan x=0$

$2 \tan x+\tan x(1-\tan^2 x)=0$

$2 \tan x+ \tan x - \tan^3 x=0$

$3 \tan x - \tan^3 x=0$

$\tan x(3-\tan^2 x)=0$

$3-\tan^2 x=0$

$\tan^2 x=3$

$\tan x = \sqrt{3}$

$x = 60^{\circ} \ \ or \ \ \frac{\pi}{3}$ radians and $240^{\circ} \ \ or \ \ \frac{4\pi}{3}$ radians.
Hello masters!
There is one step i did not understand

$\frac{2 \tan x}{1-\tan^2 x}+ \tan x=0$ i did understand how u got that but ur next step i did not understand ( could not fined it on ur code when i try copy)

any possible that some1 could explain?

10. ## Re: Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

you have (tan2x/1-tan2x) + tanx = 0
You find a common denominator of 1-tan2x

this gives you: tan2x + (tanx)(1-tan2x) = 0

(this equation is all over '1-tan2x', but you can get rid of it by moving it to the other side of the '=' sign, and multiplying this by the 0).

You then expand the brackets to get: tan2x + tanx - tan3x = 0

You then simplify this to get: tan3x + tanx = 0

Hope this helps.

11. ## Re: Solve: tan2x + tan x = 0

Thanks got it ii thought so.. but was not 100% it was correct

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