I am trying to solve this equation: A/sin(x)=B/sin(C-x)
for x, where 0<=C<=pi and A<B.
It's been years since I last would have contemplated solving such an expression and quite frankly I am somewhat saddened that I have forgotten how. I once knew how to tackle this. Much of the maths I learnt studying engineering just never got used .
It actually is a derivative of the law of sines equation relating to solving the torpedo fire control problem.
x= angle of deflection
A= target speed
B= torpedo speed
C= track angle
I ultimately want to be able to use Excel to create and plot curves like these.
Once I am on the right track I will be fine but I can't actually say what approach needs to be taken to deal with this problem. Need someone talking maths to me using maths language again. I can't even remember what this type of problem/expression is called.
Thanks for helping out.
PS: Not sure if this is in the right forum
OK, as I kind of suspected, subbing in trignometric identities was the way to go. Actually, I would have preferred if you just said something like:
Use a basic trig identity substitution (hint: sin(A-B)=sinA.cosB-cosA.sinB)
Relax, it's not complex.
...and let me take it from there and salvage what dignity I have left.
Still, thank you!