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    Range of trig function

    Find the range of f(x)=\sin ^2 x (\sin (2x) +1).

    Ideas?
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    What do you know about sine?
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    Well, enough to know that even though the range of sine is <-1;1>, the range of f will not be 1^2\cdot(1+1)...
    What else would be any help?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atreyyu View Post
    Find the range of f(x)=\sin ^2 x (\sin 2x +1).

    Ideas?
    Also, what do you mean here?

    \sin{(2x+1)} \ \mbox{or} \ \sin{(2x)}+1
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    \sin{2x}=2\sin{x}\cos{x}

    2\sin^2{x}\sin{x}\cos{x}+\sin^2{x}

    \sin{x}\cos{x}\neq\pm 1

    0\leq\sin^2{x}\leq 1

    If \sin^2{x}=1, then 2\sin^2{x}\sin{x}\cos{x}=0.

    What is the max value 2\sin^2{x}\sin{x}\cos{x} this can be?

    Once you determine the x value that obtains the max, x_0, of 2\sin^2{x}\sin{x}\cos{x}, then f(x_0)=2\sin^2{x_0}\sin{x_0}\cos{x_0}+\sin^2{x_0}=  y_0

    The question then remains is y_0>1\mbox{?}
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    Quote Originally Posted by atreyyu View Post
    Find the range of f(x)=\sin ^2 x (\sin (2x) +1).

    Ideas?
    Are you expected to use calculus to find turning points?
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    Quote Originally Posted by atreyyu View Post
    Find the range of f(x)=\sin ^2 x (\sin (2x) +1).

    Ideas?
    It's clear that f(x) has a minimum value of zero; at x=0 for instance.

    \displaystyle \sin(2x) = 2(\sin x)(\cos x) and \displaystyle 1= \sin^2 x+\cos^2 x

    Then, \displaystyle \sin(2x)+1 = \sin^2+2(\sin x)(\cos x)+\cos^2 x

    \displaystyle \text{   } = (\sin x+ \cos x)^2
    At this point we have that:

    \displaystyle f(x)=(\sin ^2 x) (\sin (2x) +1)=(\sin ^2 x)(\sin x+ \cos x)^2\,.

    A not so well known trig identity gives:

    \sin x+ \cos x=\sqrt{2}\ \sin\left(x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right)

    We now have: \displaystyle f(x)=(\sin ^2 x)\left(\sqrt{2}\ \sin\left(x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right)\right)^2=2(\sin ^2 x) \sin^2\left(x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right) \,.

    Now use a product to sum identity on: \displaystyle (\sin  x) \sin\left(x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right)
    \displaystyle = {{1}\over{2}}\left[\cos\left({{\pi}\over{4}}\right) - \cos\left((2x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right) \right]

    \displaystyle = {{1}\over{2}}\left[\left({{1}\over{\sqrt{2}}}\right) - \cos\left((2x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right) \right]

    Finally, \displaystyle f(x)=2\cdot {{1}\over{4}}\left[\left({{1}\over{\sqrt{2}}}\right) - \cos\left((2x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right) \right]^2

    \displaystyle ={{1}\over{2}}\left[\left({{1}\over{\sqrt{2}}}\right) - \cos\left((2x+{{\pi}\over{4}}\right) \right]^2
    I suggest finding the minimum and maximum values of the expression inside the brackets. Square those then divide by 2.
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