# Math Help - cosine problem

1. ## cosine problem

Can someone explain to me how cos(theta/2) can be recongfigured into The square root of (1/2+ cos(theta)/2). Thanks.

2. Originally Posted by jarny
Can someone explain to me how cos(theta/2) can be recongfigured into The square root of (1/2+ cos(theta)/2). Thanks.
We can use the double angle formula to get it:

$\cos \theta = \cos \left(2 \cdot \frac {\theta}{2} \right)$

$= \cos^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right) - \sin^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right)$

$= \cos^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right) - \left[ 1 - \cos^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right) \right]$

$= 2 \cos^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right) - 1$

So we have: $\cos \theta = 2 \cos^2 \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right) - 1$

solving for $\cos \left( \frac {\theta}{2} \right)$ we obtain the desired result