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    How do you find the solutions? I dont really want to know the solution, I just need to know how you would calculate it for this type of problem.
    cos\theta=\frac{1}{sec\theta}

    cos\theta sec\theta=1

    Is this right so far?, what is my next step
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplec16 View Post
    How do you find the solutions? I dont really want to know the solution, I just need to know how you would calculate it for this type of problem.
    cos\theta=\frac{1}{sec\theta}

    cos\theta sec\theta=1

    Is this right so far?, what is my next step
    This is not an equality that you can solve for \theta with. It's an identity.

    In other words

    \cos{\theta} = \frac{1}{\sec{\theta}} for ALL \theta, provided that the denominator does not equal 0.
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    I still dont get it so I have to solve it first then find the solutions?
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    Read my answer properly.

    ANY number \theta will satisfy this equation because IT IS AN IDENTITY. (as long as the number \theta doesn't make the denominator  = 0.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by purplec16 View Post
    How do you find the solutions? I dont really want to know the solution, I just need to know how you would calculate it for this type of problem.
    cos\theta=\frac{1}{sec\theta}

    cos\theta sec\theta=1

    Is this right so far?, what is my next step
    Hi purplec16,

    \frac{1}{cos\theta} is sec\theta

    "They" are equal for all \theta
    as they are one and the same.

    As cos\theta ranges from -1 to 1 sec\theta is never zero.
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    I thought the range of cos is 0 to 2pi?
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    Hi purplec16,

    the angle \theta ranges from 0 to 2{\pi} over one period

    and Cos\theta ranges from -1 to 1
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