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    solving trig equations

    can somebody please help me
    I have the question and answer to this question but i do not understand at all how the answer is concluded

    Q: in the range 0<=x<=2Pi solve Sin2x=-1
    A:3Pi/8 and 7Pi/8

    could somebody maybe briefly explain how you work this out

    thanks
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    For angles ranging from 0 to 360,
    Sin(angle) may be viewed as the y co-ordinate of a point on a unit circle,
    of radius 1.

    If 2x is the angle,
    where is the y co-ordinate -1 ?

    answer: at 270 degrees, or \frac{3}{4}2\pi

    Sin(270 degrees)= -1.

    So 2x is 270 degrees or 270+n(360) degrees, n=0,1,2,3........

    x is \frac{3}{4}\pi

    The second result is obtained for 2x=270+360 degrees,
    as x<360 degrees.
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    Hello, wahhdoe!

    Solve: . \sin2x \:=\:\text{-}1\;\;\text{ in the range }\,0 \leq x \leq 2\pi

    Answers: . \frac{3\pi}{8},\;\frac{7\pi}{8} . These are wrong! **

    We are expect to know that: . \sin270^o \:=\:\sin\frac{3\pi}{2} \:=\:-1


    We have: . \sin2x \:=\:-1

    . . Then: . 2x \;=\;\frac{3\pi}{2},\;\frac{7\pi}{2},\;\frac{11\pi  }{2},\;\frac{15\pi}{2},\;\hdots

    . . Hence: . x \;=\;\frac{3\pi}{4},\;\frac{7\pi}{4},\;\frac{11\pi  }{4},\;\frac{15\pi}{4},\;\hdots


    The roots in the given range are: . x \;=\;\frac{3\pi}{4},\;\frac{7\pi}{4}


    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    **

    Maybe the problem was: . \sin{\color{red}4}x \:=\:-1

    Even then, their answer is wrong.
    . . There are more answers in that range.


    If the problem is: . \sin4x \:=\:-1

    . . then we have: . 4x \;=\;\frac{3\pi}{2},\;\frac{7\pi}{2},\;\frac{11\pi  }{2},\;\frac{15\pi}{2},\;\hdots


    Therefore: . x \;=\;\frac{3\pi}{8},\;\frac{7\pi}{8},\;\frac{11\pi  }{8},\;\frac{15\pi}{8}

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