Thread: Solving Trigonometric Equations

1. Solving Trigonometric Equations

I am having some serious problems with this section. My book is no use to me. Thanks for all the help! It says: use the basic identities to change the expression to one involving only sines and cosines. Then simplify to a basic trigometric function.

1). (sinx)(tanx+cotx)

2). sinx-tan(x)cos(x)+ cos(pi/2-x)

3). sin(x)cos(x)tan(x)sec(x)csc(x)

2. Originally Posted by bcavanaugh34
I am having some serious problems with this section. My book is no use to me. Thanks for all the help! It says: use the basic identities to change the expression to one involving only sines and cosines. Then simplify to a basic trigometric function.

1). (sinx)(tanx+cotx)

2). sinx-tan(x)cos(x)+ cos(pi/2-x)

3). sin(x)cos(x)tan(x)sec(x)csc(x)
The basic identities for 1. are...

$tanx=\frac{sinx}{cosx}$

$cotx=\frac{cosx}{sinx}$

You now need to simplify

$sinx\left(\frac{sinx}{cosx}+\frac{cosx}{sinx}\righ t)$

For 3. you need two more

$secx=\frac{1}{cosx}$

$cscx=\frac{1}{sinx}$

I recommend you try those first as you should find 2. more challenging

3. Originally Posted by bcavanaugh34
I am having some serious problems with this section. My book is no use to me. Thanks for all the help! It says: use the basic identities to change the expression to one involving only sines and cosines. Then simplify to a basic trigometric function.

1). (sinx)(tanx+cotx)

2). sinx-tan(x)cos(x)+ cos(pi/2-x)

3). sin(x)cos(x)tan(x)sec(x)csc(x)
Hi bcavanaugh34,

[1] $\sin x(\tan x + \cos x)$

$=\sin x \left(\frac{\sin x}{\cos x}+\frac{\cos x}{\sin x}\right)$

$=\sin x \left(\frac{\sin^2 x+\cos^2 x}{\sin x \cos x}\right)$

${\color{red}\sin^2 x+\cos^2 x = 1}$

$=\frac{1}{\cos x}$

[2] $\sin x - \tan x \cos x + \cos \left(\frac{\pi}{2}-x\right)$

${\color{red}\cos \left(\frac{\pi}{2}-x\right)=\sin x}$ <===== Co-Function Identity

$=\sin x - \frac{\sin x}{\cos x}\cos x + \sin x$

$=\sin x - \sin x + \sin x$

$=\sin x$

You can try [3] now.

Sorry, Archie, I'm working too slow. But, anyway.....