# [SOLVED] Simplification

• Feb 19th 2010, 09:54 PM
Dotdash13
[SOLVED] Simplification
I need help understanding the question: simplify the expression $cos^2(arcsin t)$ using the property that inverses "undo" each other.
I get that $arcsin(t)=sin^-1(t)$ and that that would be the opposite of $sin(t)$. But $cos(t)$ isn't the opposite of $sin(t)$, is it?
Yes, I do know what simplifying is, but I'm not sure how to do it here.
• Feb 19th 2010, 09:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Dotdash13
I need help understanding the question: simplify the expression $cos^2(arcsin t)$ using the property that inverses "undo" each other.
I get that $arcsin(t)=sin^-1(t)$ and that that would be the opposite of $sin(t)$. But $cos(t)$ isn't the opposite of $sin(t)$, is it?
Yes, I do know what simplifying is, but I'm not sure how to do it here.

$\cos^2{x} + \sin^2{x} = 1$ so $\cos^2{x} = 1 - \sin^2{x}$.

Therefore $\cos^2{\arcsin{t}} = 1 - \sin^2{\arcsin{t}} = 1 - t^2$.