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    Trig Inverse and Differentiation

    Prove cos^{-1} 2x + sin^{-1} 2x = a


    \frac{-1}{2}\leq x \leq  \frac{1}{2}

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    Re: Trig Inverse and Differentiation

    \begin{aligned}\bigg[\bigg(\sin^{-1}{2x}\bigg)+\bigg(\cos^{-1}{2x}\bigg)\bigg]' & = \bigg(\sin^{-1}{2x}\bigg)'+\bigg(\cos^{-1}{2x}\bigg)' \\& = \frac{(2x)'}{\sqrt{1-(2x)^2}}-\frac{(2x)'}{\sqrt{1-(2x)^2}} \\& = 0.\end{aligned}

    Alternatively, you can find the exact value of a by usual trigonometry.
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    Re: Trig Inverse and Differentiation

    how do i find the value of a?
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    Re: Trig Inverse and Differentiation

    Hello, BabyMilo!

    \text{Prove: }\:\cos^{-1}(2x) + \sin^{-1}(2x) \:=\: a \qquad \text{-}\tfrac{1}{2}\:\leq\: x\: \leq\:  \tfrac{1}{2}

    Let \alpha \:=\:\cos^{-1}(2x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \cos\alpha \,=\, 2x\;\;[1]

    Let \beta \:=\:\sin^{-1}(2x) \quad\Rightarrow\quad \sin\beta \,=\,2x \;\;[2]


    From [1]: . \cos\alpha \:=\:\frac{2x}{1} \:=\:\frac{adj}{hyp}

    Hence, \alpha is in this right triangle.

    Code:
                      *
               1   *  *
                *     *
             * α      *
          *  *  *  *  *
                2x

    From [2]: . \sin\beta \:=\:\frac{2x}{1} \:=\:\frac{opp}{hyp}

    Hence, \beta is in this right triangle:

    Code:
                *
               **
           1  * *
             *  * 2x
            *   *
           * β  *
          * * * *

    We see that the two triangles are congruent.

    That is, \alpha and \beta are in the same right triangle!

    Code:
                      *
               1   * β*
                *     *
             * α      *
          *  *  *  *  *
                2x

    Therefore: . \alpha + \beta \:=\:\frac{\pi}{2} \quad\Rightarrow\quad \cos^{-1}(2x) + \sin^{-1}(2x) \:=\:\frac{\pi}{2}

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