Hello differentiate Originally Posted by
differentiate Find the general solution of
cos54cos@ + sin54sin@ = sin2@
My best guess is that you want the general solution of$\displaystyle \cos54^o\cos\alpha+\sin54^o\sin\alpha = \sin2\alpha$
in which case, as pickslides has suggested:$\displaystyle \cos(54^o-\alpha) =\sin2\alpha$$\displaystyle =\cos(90^o-2\alpha)$
Now the general solution of$\displaystyle \cos A = \cos B$
is (in degrees):$\displaystyle A = 360n^o \pm B, n =0, \pm1, \pm2, ...$
So here we get:$\displaystyle 54^o-\alpha = 360n^o\pm (90^o-2\alpha)$
Taking the $\displaystyle +$ sign:$\displaystyle 54^o-\alpha = 360n^o+ (90^o-2\alpha)$$\displaystyle =360n^o+90-2\alpha$
$\displaystyle \Rightarrow \alpha =360n^o+36^o$
Taking the $\displaystyle -$ sign:$\displaystyle 54^o-\alpha = 360n^o- (90^o-2\alpha)$$\displaystyle =360n^o-90+2\alpha$
$\displaystyle \Rightarrow -3\alpha =360n^o-144^o$
$\displaystyle \Rightarrow \alpha = 120n^o+48^o$ (noting that this is now a 'new' $\displaystyle n$)
So there's the general solution: $\displaystyle \alpha = 360n^o+36^o$ or $\displaystyle 120n^o+48^o, n = 0,\pm1,\pm2, ...$
Grandad