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    trigonometry proof help.

    2cosx - secx = - tanx

    thank you in advance.

    i need to solve the equation and give an answer in radians.
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    The equation you wrote was:

    2cos(x)-sec(x)=-tan(x)



    I'm not sure if this is true. Consider the angle \frac{\pi}{3}

    2cos\left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)-sec\left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)=-tan\left(\frac{\pi}{3}\right)

    The left side becomes:
    2(.5)-2=-1

    The right side becomes:

    tan(\frac{\pi}{3})=\sqrt{3}\approx 1.73
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    Hello starrytulips143
    Quote Originally Posted by starrytulips143 View Post
    2cosx - secx = - tanx

    thank you in advance.

    i need to solve the equation and give an answer in radians.
    Here are the steps to take; I'll leave the details to you:

    • Using \sec x = \frac{1}{\cos x} and \tan x = \frac{\sin x}{\cos x}, express everything in terms of sine and cosine.


    • Multiply both sides by \cos x to get rid of fractions.


    • Then use \cos^2x+\sin^2x=1 to express everything in terms of \sin x.


    • Re-arrange as a quadratic in \sin x.


    • Factorise. You should get:

    (2\sin x+1)(\sin x -1)=0
    Can you complete it now?

    Grandad
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