Use Pythagorean identities to write the expression as an integer.

tan^2 4β - sec^2 4β

Please help me i dont know what to do...

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- Jan 26th 2010, 05:12 PMpurplec16Pythagorean identities
Use Pythagorean identities to write the expression as an integer.

tan^2 4β - sec^2 4β

Please help me i dont know what to do... - Jan 26th 2010, 05:58 PMskeeter
- Jan 26th 2010, 06:16 PMpurplec16
lol...omg i'm still lost...

- Jan 26th 2010, 06:25 PMpurplec16
$\displaystyle 1+tan^2(4\beta)-sec^2(4\beta)

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$\displaystyle tan^2(4\beta)-sec^2(4\beta)=-1

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is this the next step, i dont understand how you get it to equal to an integer...i.e. get rid of the beta - Jan 26th 2010, 06:27 PMpickslides
Skeeter has given you the answer. You don't need to get rid of beta.

$\displaystyle 1 + \tan^2(4\beta) = \sec^2(4\beta)$

$\displaystyle 1 + \tan^2(4\beta) - \sec^2(4\beta)=0$

$\displaystyle \tan^2(4\beta) - \sec^2(4\beta)=-1$ - Jan 26th 2010, 06:29 PMpurplec16
Oh ok...wow i knew how to do it then...

so what if it was something like

$\displaystyle 4 tan^2(\beta)-4sec^2(\beta)$ - Jan 26th 2010, 06:30 PMpurplec16
Oh ok...wow i knew how to do it then...

so what if it was something like

$\displaystyle 4 tan^2 (\beta)-4 sec^2 (\beta)$

what would happen in that case? - Jan 26th 2010, 06:33 PMpickslides
- Jan 26th 2010, 06:40 PMpurplec16
Sorry to bother you but would u be able to assist me in solving something like this:

$\displaystyle \frac{cot^2\alpha-4}{cot^2\alpha-cot\alpha-6}$ - Jan 26th 2010, 06:46 PMpickslides
What are you trying to do? Just simplify?

$\displaystyle \frac{\cot^2\alpha-4}{\cot^2\alpha-\cot\alpha-6}$

make $\displaystyle x =\cot\alpha $

$\displaystyle \frac{x^2-4}{x^2-x-6}$

$\displaystyle \frac{(x-2)(x+2)}{(x-3)(x-2)}$

$\displaystyle \frac{x+2}{x-3}$

$\displaystyle \frac{\cot\alpha+ 2}{\cot\alpha -3}$ - Jan 26th 2010, 06:47 PMpurplec16
yes simplifry the expression

- Jan 26th 2010, 06:51 PMpickslides
- Jan 26th 2010, 07:16 PMpurplec16
Quick Question for this expression:

$\displaystyle 5sin^2(\theta/4)+5cos^2(\theta/4)$

how do u get rid of the $\displaystyle (\theta/4)$ to make it equal to 5? i understand that it will be equal to 5

is it that i dont have to worry about the theta and jus simplify it equal to five

i.e. $\displaystyle 5(sin^2(\theta/4)+cos^2(\theta/4))$

$\displaystyle 5(1)$ - Jan 26th 2010, 07:29 PMpickslides
$\displaystyle \sin^2\left(\frac{\theta}{4}\right)+\cos^2\left(\f rac{\theta}{4}\right) = 1$

Now factor out the 5 and follow what I did in post #8. - Jan 26th 2010, 07:31 PMpurplec16
Ok, thank you so much, I did that