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    Trig. Identities

    Hi all,

    I am revising maths trig I am trying to work out this.

    Prove; cos[theta] = 1-sin[alpha]tan([theta]/2)

    [theta] is alpha symbol.

    I have tried but keep ending up with sin^2([theta]/2) + sin^2([theta]/2)

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Googl View Post
    Hi all,

    I am revising maths trig I am trying to work out this.

    Prove; cos[alpha] = 1-sinθtan([alpha]/2)

    [alpha] is alpha symbol.

    I have tried but keep ending up with sin^2([alpha]/2) + sin^2([alpha]/2)

    Thanks.
    What is "sin(952)"?

    and what does the tan function after it indicate?

    -Dan
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    Hello, Googl!

    You should be familiar with these identities:

    . . \cos\theta \:=\:1-2\sin^2\frac{\theta}{2}

    . . \sin\theta \:=\:2\sin\frac{\theta}{2}\cos\frac{\theta}{2}



    \text{Prove: }\:\cos\theta \:=\: 1- \sin\theta\tan\frac{\theta}{2}

    \text{The right side is: }\:1 - \left(2\sin\frac{\theta}{2}\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\ri  ght)\left(\dfrac{\sin\frac{\theta}{2}}{\cos\frac{\  theta}{2}}\right)

    . . . . . . . . . . . =\;1 - 2\sin^2\frac{\theta}{2}

    . . . . . . . . . . . =\;\cos\theta

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    Quote Originally Posted by topsquark View Post
    What is "sin(952)"?

    and what does the tan function after it indicate?

    -Dan
    Sorry that is supposed to be theta, I type it but does not come out right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soroban View Post
    Hello, Googl!

    You should be familiar with these identities:

    . . \cos\theta \:=\:1-2\sin^2\frac{\theta}{2}

    . . \sin\theta \:=\:2\sin\frac{\theta}{2}\cos\frac{\theta}{2}




    \text{The right side is: }\:1 - \left(2\sin\frac{\theta}{2}\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\ri  ght)\left(\dfrac{\sin\frac{\theta}{2}}{\cos\frac{\  theta}{2}}\right)

    . . . . . . . . . . . =\;1 - 2\sin^2\frac{\theta}{2}

    . . . . . . . . . . . =\;\cos\theta

    Thanks.

    I think I got to the identity 2sin(theta/2)cos(theta/2) but did not realise it was equal to sin\theta
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