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    prove that if sin(a/2) ≠ 0 then...

    prove that if sin(a/2) ≠ 0 then

    cosa + cos2a +...+cos(n+1)a = (sin((n+1)a/2)*cos((n+1)a/2)/sin(a/2)

    FInd this sum also in the case sin(a/2) = 0

    Find a similar formula for sina + sin 2a +...+ sin(n+1)a
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    cosa + cos2a +...+cos(n+1)a=S

    Multiply it by sin(\frac{a}{2}). When you have sums like this - multiply by sin(\frac{r}{2}), r is ratio. Is signs alternate multiply the sum by cos(\frac{r}{2}).
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    Not sure what you mean.
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    cosa + cos2a +...+cos(n+1)a=S \Rightarrow (cosa + cos2a +...+cos(n+1)a)sin(\frac{a}{2})=S\cdot sin(\frac{a}{2})
    sin a \cdot cos b=\frac{1}{2}(sin (a+b)+sin(a-b))

    "Is signs alternate multiply the sum by cos(\frac{a}{2})." for example: S=cos a - cos 2a + cos 3a - cos 4a+...+(-1)^n cos(n+1)a
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    still not sure what you mean
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    Okay, what do you think I mean?
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