# Rewriting cos

• Jan 25th 2011, 02:30 PM
abc10
Rewriting cos
How would I rewrite cos3theta in terms of costheta any help would be much appreciated!
• Jan 25th 2011, 02:32 PM
dwsmith
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Originally Posted by abc10
How would I rewrite cos3theta in terms of costheta any help would be much appreciated!

$\cos(2x+x)=\cos(2x)\cos(x) - \sin(2x)\sin(x)=\cdots$
• Jan 25th 2011, 02:47 PM
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Originally Posted by abc10
How would I rewrite $cos3\theta$ in terms of $cos\theta$ any help would be much appreciated!

$Cos3\theta=Cos(2\theta+\theta)$

$Cos(A+B)=CosACosB-SinASinB$

$\Rightarrow\ Cos3\theta=Cos2\theta\ Cos\theta-Sin2\theta\ Sin\theta$

$Cos2A=Cos^2A-Sin^2A$

$Sin2A=2SinACosA$

$Sin^2A=1-Cos^2A$

$\Rightarrow\ Cos3\theta=\left[Cos^2\theta-Sin^2\theta\right]Cos\theta-2Sin\theta\ Cos\theta\ Sin\theta$

$=Cos^3\theta-\left(1-Cos^2\theta\right)Cos\theta-2\left(1-Cos^2\theta\right)Cos\theta$
• Jan 25th 2011, 02:52 PM
abc10
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