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Anemori I have this trig problem:
$\displaystyle \frac {secx - 1}{Tan x } = \frac {Tan x}{Sec x - 1} $
now what we did in class is cross multuplying both of them and we get the answer.
I want to know how to get the answer in long process. thank you!
I think you have a sign wrong. One of the minus signs should be a plus sign. So perhaps you must mean: prove the identity:$\displaystyle \frac {\sec x - 1}{\tan x } = \frac {\tan x}{\sec x + 1} $
Start with the LHS, and multiply top-and-bottom of the fraction by $\displaystyle (\sec x + 1)$$\displaystyle \frac {\sec x - 1}{\tan x } =\frac {(\sec x - 1)\color{red}(\sec x + 1)}{\tan x\color{red} (\sec x + 1)}$$\displaystyle =\frac{\sec^2x-1}{\tan x (\sec x + 1)}$
$\displaystyle =\frac{\tan^2x}{\tan x (\sec x + 1)}$, using the identity $\displaystyle \sec^2x -1 = \tan^2x$
$\displaystyle =\frac{\tan x}{\sec x + 1}$
On the other hand, if it's the other minus sign that's wrong, again you'll start with the LHS, but this time multiply top-and-bottom by $\displaystyle (\sec x - 1)$.
Grandad