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    Trig general solution

    If cos^2x=\frac{1}{2} What is the General solutions for it?
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    Re: Trig general solution

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    If cos^2x=\frac{1}{2} What is the General solutions for it?
    \displaystyle \begin{align*} \cos^2{x} &= \frac{1}{2} \\ \cos{x} &= \pm \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \\ x &= \left\{ \frac{\pi}{4}, \pi - \frac{\pi}{4}, \pi + \frac{\pi}{4}, 2\pi - \frac{\pi}{4}  \right\} + 2\pi n \textrm{ where } n \in \mathbf{Z} \\ x &= \left\{ \frac{\pi}{4}, \frac{3\pi}{4}, \frac{5\pi}{4}, \frac{7\pi}{4} \right\} + 2\pi n \\ x &= \frac{\pi}{4} + \frac{\pi}{2} m \textrm{ where } m \in \mathbf{Z} \\ x &= \frac{\pi + 2\pi m}{4} \\ x &= \frac{( 1 + 2m )\pi}{ 4 } \end{align*}
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    Re: Trig general solution

    i get x=2npi+-pi/4 in case 1 in case 2 i get x=2npi+-3pi/4 is this correct?
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    Re: Trig general solution

    Quote Originally Posted by srirahulan View Post
    i get x=2npi+-pi/4 in case 1 in case 2 i get x=2npi+-3pi/4 is this correct?
    It is correct, but it is messy. What exactly was wrong with the solution I posted?
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    Re: Trig general solution

    Your answer is perfectly correct.i just confirm my answer only, great thanks for you.
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