# Tan A

• Oct 21st 2009, 06:53 AM
reiward
Tan A
If sin A/2 = -12/13

Find Tan A.

I'm really clueless here. The A/2 made it complicated for me that I couldn't get sin A. Help please. :)
• Oct 21st 2009, 07:07 AM
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Originally Posted by reiward
If sin A/2 = -12/13

Find Tan A.

I'm really clueless here. The A/2 made it complicated for me that I couldn't get sin A. Help please. :)

HI

$\displaystyle \tan A=\frac{2\tan \frac{A}{2}}{1-\tan^2 \frac{A}{2}}$

$\displaystyle =\frac{2(\frac{\sin \frac{A}{2}}{\cos \frac{A}{2}})}{1-(\frac{\sin \frac{A}{2}}{\cos \frac{A}{2}})^2}$
• Oct 21st 2009, 07:12 AM
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Originally Posted by reiward
If sin A/2 = -12/13

Find Tan A.

I'm really clueless here. The A/2 made it complicated for me that I couldn't get sin A. Help please. :)

Since sin is negative, so it can be in quadrant 3 and 4 . Are you sure that the question did not mention bout cos A/2 or tan A/2 ? Or else you would get 2 different answers for tan A .
• Oct 21st 2009, 07:23 AM
reiward
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Since sin is negative, so it can be in quadrant 3 and 4 . Are you sure that the question did not mention bout cos A/2 or tan A/2 ? Or else you would get 2 different answers for tan A .

Oh, it mentioned that A/2 is a negative obtuse angle. So third quadrant?

Uhm, why did you use Tan 2A identities
• Oct 21st 2009, 07:29 AM