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    Is this true?

    Hi, I am revising on Trig at the moment.

    Would you say;

    R sin (x+36.9) = R cos (x-53.1)

    I have just transformed these equations from 3 cos x - 4 sin x using the alpha method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Googl View Post
    Hi, I am revising on Trig at the moment.

    Would you say;

    R sin (x+36.9) = R cos (x-53.1)

    I have just transformed these equations from 3 cos x - 4 sin x using the alpha method.
    Huh?

    What was the original problem?

    3\cos(x)-4\sin(x)=0\text{?}

    If so, solve

    \displaystyle\tan(x)=\frac{3}{4}
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwsmith View Post
    Huh?

    What was the original problem?

    3\cos(x)-4\sin(x)=0\text{?}

    If so, solve

    \displaystyle\tan(x)=\frac{3}{4}
    Would you be able to draw a cos and sin graph with that? Try to convert it to a cos/sin equation first and see what equation you end up with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Googl View Post
    Would you be able to draw a cos and sin graph with that? Try to convert it to a cos/sin equation first and see what equation you end up with.
    What was the exact question you were given?
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    Try to write y = 3 cos x - 4 sin x as;

    y = R cos(x-[alpha])

    and

    y = R sin(x+[alpha])

    [alpha] is the alpha symbol

    That
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    Hello, Googl!

    \text{Try to write }y \:=\:3\cos x - 4\sin x

    \text{as: }\;\begin{Bmatrix}y \:=\: R\cos(x-\alpha) \\ \text{and} \\ y \:=\: R\sin(x+\alpha) \end{Bmatrix}

    We have: . y \;=\;3\cos x - 4\sin x


    Multiply by \frac{5}{5}\!:

    . . y \;=\;\frac{5}{5}(3\cos x - 4\sin x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \;=\; 5\left(\frac{3}{5}\cos x - \frac{4}{5}\sin x\right) .[1]


    Let \,\alpha be an acute angle is a 3-4-5 right triangle.

    Code:
    
                *
               /|
              / |
           5 /  |4
            /   |
           /α   |
          *-----*
             3

    And we have: . \begin{Bmatrix}\cos\alpha \:=\:\frac{3}{5} \\ \\[-3mm] \sin\alpha \:=\:\frac{4}{5} \end{Bmatrix}


    Substitute into [1]:

    . . y \;=\;5\left(\cos\alpha \cos x - \sin\alpha\sin x)


    Therefore: . y \;=\;5\cos(x + \alpha)

    . . where \alpha \:=\:\sin^{\text{-}1}\left(\frac{4}{5}\right) \:\approx\:53.1^o

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    I forgot to give you the R values sorry. R is 5 in my original post and it's similar to what you have here.

    Would you say; 5 sin (x+36.9) = 5 cos (x-53.1)

    Try to change it into the form;

    R sin (x + [alpha])

    alpha is the alpha symbol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Googl View Post
    Hi, I am revising on Trig at the moment.

    Would you say;

    R sin (x+36.9) = R cos (x-53.1)
    36.9+ 53.1= 90.0 so if x is in degrees, yes, that is true. If we let y= x+ 36.9, then x- 53.1= y- 36.9- 53.1= y- 90.

    But cos(y- 90)= cos(90- y) (since cosine is an even function) and it is always true that sin(y)= cos(90- y).

    I have just transformed these equations from 3 cos x - 4 sin x using the alpha method.
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