# Thread: simplification of trigonometric equation

1. ## simplification of trigonometric equation

I have an expression on the form
Code:
a*sin(w)3 + b*sin(w)
--------------------    (1)
c*cos(w)3 + d*cos(w)


My goal is to arrive at an expression on this form

Code:

sin(w)3       sin(w)
p*--------- + q*-------    (2)
cos(w)3       cos(w)


I believe it should be possible, I just can't find a way to manipulate (1) in to (2).

Any help is much appreciated!

Br
niaren

2. ## Re: simplification of trigonometric equation

Hint :

$\sin^2 w=\frac{\tan^2 w}{1+\tan^2 w} ~\text{and}~ \cos^2 w=\frac{1}{1+\tan^2 w}$

3. ## Re: simplification of trigonometric equation

Holy smoke, that was fast!

I got it now.
I'm a little surprised you came up with the hint so fast.
For the equality to hold, d == 0 must be satisfied.

In fact, I'm considering a more general problem of manipulating

Code:
aN*sin(w)^N + .... + a3*sin(w)^3 + a1*sin(w)
------------------------------------------------   (1)
bN*cos(w)^N + .....+ b3*cos(w)^3 + b1*cos(w)
into

Code:

sin(w)^N       sin(w)^3         sin(w)
cN*--------- + c3 ----------- + c1*--------    (2)
cos(w)^N       cos(w)^3         cos(w)

Where N is odd.

I suspect your hint can be used for any N by using appropriate powers of you hints. I'll look into that.