# Find all solutions

• March 17th 2010, 07:17 AM
purplec16
Find all solutions
$-cos^2x- 4 sin \frac{1}{2}x+2=0$
• March 17th 2010, 08:52 AM
skeeter
Quote:

Originally Posted by purplec16
$-cos^2x- 4 sin \frac{1}{2}x+2=0$

note that this is not an easy equation to solve by hand.

(sure that you posted it correctly?)

If correct, then I recommend you graph the left side of the equation over the interval from $0$ to $2\pi$ and locate the zeros using your calculator.
• March 17th 2010, 08:54 AM
apcalculus
Quote:

Originally Posted by purplec16
$-cos^2x- 4 sin \frac{1}{2}x+2=0$

The sine of the half-angle formula should (?) help here:

sin(x/2)=+- sqrt[(1−cosx)/2]

Good luck!
• March 17th 2010, 11:49 AM
$-cos^2x- 4 sin \frac{1}{2}x+2=0$
If you're going to try for an analytical solution, you can reduce this equation to a quartic in $s$, where $s = \sin\tfrac12x$, using $\cos x = 1 - 2\sin^2x$. The equation then becomes:
$4s^4 -4s^2+4s-1=0$