hi guys,

solve cos2x - 3cosx +2 = 0 for 0 < x < 360

which formula should I use? is it the sum to product? I dont really know how to go about doing it! some advice pls!

thanks!

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- February 18th 2010, 11:42 PMgp3Trigo Identities!
hi guys,

solve cos2x - 3cosx +2 = 0 for 0 < x < 360

which formula should I use? is it the sum to product? I dont really know how to go about doing it! some advice pls!

thanks! - February 19th 2010, 01:06 AMGrandad
- February 19th 2010, 01:39 AMgp3
so what I've got now is:

2cos square x - 1 + 2 = 0

2cos square x + 1 = 0

(cosx+1)(cosx+1) = 0

is this correct? (Surprised) - February 19th 2010, 01:45 AMe^(i*pi)
No, you've missed out your 3cos(x) term.

FYI has no real solutions. This is because for all real x. Adding 1 will always result in a positive answer where x is real

The original question is

What Grandad said is to change - the 3cos(x) term is unaffacted.

I have used square brackets to show this more effectively

You can simplify the constant terms to get it into the form :

You can the solve the quadratic using your favourite method although this one factorises.

- February 19th 2010, 01:49 AMgp3
oh yea, thanks alot, I missed out 3cosx, guess I was too in a hurry.

and btw, just a quick one, how do you factorise the eqn, from 2cos square x -3 cosx+1+0 to (2 cosx-1)(cosx-1)= 0 ? - February 19th 2010, 03:06 AMPunch