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    trig proof

    In triangle ABC, angle C is 90 degrees. show that;

     sin2A = \frac{2ab}{c^{2}}

     sin\frac{1}{2}A = \sqrt{\frac{c-b}{2c}}

    Can someone please explain what to do, as I dont understand the question very well.

    Thanks in advance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
    In triangle ABC, angle C is 90 degrees. show that;

     sin2A = \frac{2ab}{c^{2}}

     sin\frac{1}{2}A = \sqrt{\frac{c-b}{2c}}

    Can someone please explain what to do, as I dont understand the question very well.

    Thanks in advance.
    use the fact that \sin(2A)=2\sin(A)\cos(A)
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    and remember,
    \sin(A)=\frac {\textrm{opposite}} {\textrm{hypotenuse}}
    \cos(A)=\frac {\textrm{adjacent}} {\textrm{hypotenuse}}
    it's up to you to see what is a, b and c.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Raoh View Post
    and remember,
    \sin(A)=\frac {\textrm{opposite}} {\textrm{hypotenuse}}
    \cos(A)=\frac {\textrm{adjacent}} {\textrm{hypotenuse}}
    it's up to you to see what is a, b and c.

    Oh so the sides are a,b and c? So do I draw a right angled triangle and and label the hypotenuse c?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tweety View Post
    Oh so the sides are a,b and c? So do I draw a right angled triangle and and label the hypotenuse c?
    yes,the hypotenuse is c.
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