# Thread: taking trig class and forgot how to do this problem.

1. ## taking trig class and forgot how to do this problem.

haven't taken math in a while and I'm taking a trigonometry class. I believe i learned this in algebra but i can't remember how its done.

cos = +/-√1-225/289

(basically i don't understand how to do the square root part of this. its the square root of 1- 225 over 289.

The answer for this is = +/- 8/17

**no clue how they got 8/17.
thx and godbless if anybody can help me

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...799/sqroot.jpg

2. Think about sinē(θ) + cosē(θ) = 1 and tell us what you get from that.

Originally Posted by coryjannis
haven't taken math in a while and I'm taking a trigonometry class. I believe i learned this in algebra but i can't remember how its done.

cos = +/-√1-225/289

(basically i don't understand how to do the square root part of this. its the square root of 1- 225 over 289.

The answer for this is = +/- 8/17

**no clue how they got 8/17.
thx and godbless if anybody can help me

http://i48.photobucket.com/albums/f2...799/sqroot.jpg
$\displaystyle \sqrt{1 - \frac{225}{289}} \Rightarrow \sqrt{\frac{289}{289} - \frac{225}{289}} \Rightarrow \sqrt{\frac{64}{289}} \Rightarrow \pm\frac{8}{17}$

$\displaystyle \cos{\theta} = \pm\sqrt{1-\frac{225}{289}}$
square both sides
$\displaystyle \cos^2{\theta} = 1 - \frac{225}{289} \Rightarrow \cos^2{\theta}-1 = \frac{225}{289} \Rightarrow \sin^2{\theta} = \sqrt{\frac{225}{298}} \Rightarrow \sin{\theta = \pm\frac{15}{17}$

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