The interval for the answer is in degrees, while the pi/3 is in radians. Umm.Originally Posted byrachael

Here is one way.

tan[3x -pi/3] = -1

Use the trig identity

tan(A-B) = (tanA -tanB)/(1 +tanA*tanB)

So,

tan[3x -pi/3] = -1

[tan(3x) -tan(pi/3)]/[1 +tan(3x)*tan(pi/3)] = -1

tan(3x) -tan(pi/3) = -1*[1 +tan(3x)*tan(pi/3)] ------------(i)

tan(pi/3) = tan(60 degrees) = sqrt(3)/1 = sqrt(3), so, to continue from (i),

tan(3x) -sqrt(3) = -1 -tan(3x)*sqrt(3)

Isolate the tan(3x)-terms,

tan(3x) +sqrt(3)*tan(3x) = -1 +sqrt(3)

Factor out the tan(3x) in the LHS,

tan(3x)*[1 +sqrt(3)] = -1 +sqrt(3)

tan(3x) = [-1 +sqrt(3)]/[1 +sqrt(3)]

Rearranging the RHS,

tan(3x) = [sqrt(3) -1]/[sqrt(3) +1]

Rationalize the denominator of the RHS,

Multiply both numerator and denominator of the RHS by the conjugate of the denominator, which is [sqrt(3) -1],

Here, we use (a-b)^2 = a^2 -2ab +b^2, and (a+b)(a-b) = a^2 -b^2,

tan(3x) = [3 -2sqrt(3) +1]/[3 -1]

tan(3x) = [4 -2sqrt(3)]/[2]

tan(3x) = 2 -sqrt(3)

tan(3x) = 0.267949192

A positive tangent value. That means angle 3x is in the 1st or 3rd quadrant.

3x = arctan(0.267949192)

3x = 15 degrees

That also means that

3x = 15deg ----in the 1st quadrant, or,

3x = 180+15 = 195deg ----in the 3rd quadrant.

Therefore,

x = 15/3 = 5 deg ----------------answer.

or, x = 195/3 = 65 deg ----------answer.

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Check.

When x = 5deg,

tan(3x -pi/3) = -1

tan(3*5deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(15deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(-45deg) =? -1

-1 =? -1

Yes, so, OK.

When x = 65deg,

tan(3x -pi/3) = -1

tan(3*65deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(195deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(135deg) =? -1

-1 =? -1

Yes, so, OK

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Ooppss, I forgot that x is within the interval [0,360 degrees]

Since what was found so far were 2 acute angles only---5 and 65 degrees---, there are more values for x in the given interval or bounds or domain of x.

Since the "angle" in the question is 3x, and one revolution is 360 deg, then 360/3 = 120deg. So, keep on adding 120deg to the 5deg and 65deg for more x-values until the interval is exhausted.

Thus,

x = 5, 65, 125, 185, 245, and 305 degrees ----answers, all five of them.

Check the x=305deg, at least,....

When x = 305deg,

tan(3x -pi/3) = -1

tan(3*305deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(915deg -60deg) =? -1

tan(855deg) =? -1

-1 =? -1

Yes, so, OK