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    Proving Identity of Trigonometry Ratio

    Given that :
    sinB/sinA=cos(A+B)



    To prove :
    tan(A+B)=2tanA


    How to do this prove ? thank you very much
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    Hello mandyn318

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    Quote Originally Posted by mandyn318 View Post
    Given that :
    sinB/sinA=cos(A+B)



    To prove :
    tan(A+B)=2tanA


    How to do this prove ? thank you very much
    This looks easy, but I think it's surprisingly tricky. I have a proof that assumes \cos A >  0 and \cos B>0. I'll leave it to you to check what happens if you take the negative values of the square roots.

    To make it easier to read, then, I'm going to let:
    \sin A = a and \sin B = b
    So:
    \cos A = \sqrt{1-a^2} and \cos B = \sqrt{1-b^2}, taking the positive square roots
    Therefore the original given equation:
    \frac{\sin B}{\sin A} = \cos(A+B)
    =\cos A \cos B - \sin A \sin B
    can be written as:
    \frac ba=\sqrt{(1-a^2)(1-b^2)}-ab

    \Rightarrow b(1+a^2)=a\sqrt{(1-a^2)(1-b^2)}
    ...(1)
    Now
    \tan(A+B)=\sin(A+B)\cdot\frac{1}{\cos(A+B)}
    =\sin (A+B)\cdot\frac{\sin A}{\sin B}, from the original given
    =\frac{\sin A(\sin A \cos B + \cos A \sin B)}{\sin B}

     =\frac{a(a\sqrt{1-b^2}+b\sqrt{1-a^2})}{b}

     =\frac{a\Big(a\sqrt{(1-a^2)(1-b^2)}+b(1-a^2)\Big)}{b\sqrt{1-a^2}}, multiplying top-and-bottom by \sqrt{1-a^2}

     =\frac{a\Big(b(1+a^2)+b(1-a^2)\Big)}{b\sqrt{1-a^2}} from
    (1)

     =\frac{2ab}{b\sqrt{1-a^2}}

    =2\tan A
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