Re: Trigonometry Problems

1.) You have a quadratic in $\displaystyle \sin(\theta)$ which factors nicely.

2.) You will need angle-sum identities for sine and cosine, half-angle identity for cosine and double-angle identity for sine. But first, you will need the Pythagorean identity and the information about the quadrants in which the given angles reside to determine $\displaystyle \sin(\alpha)$ and $\displaystyle \cos(\beta)$.

Let's see what you come up with...

Re: Trigonometry Problems

I've figured out the first question with the help of factoring the quadratic. My confusion lies in the second problem and how to use the Pythagorean identity to determine sin(a) and cos(B). The problem will be easy enough then to start plugging into the sum and difference formulas, etc.

Re: Trigonometry Problems

We know:

$\displaystyle \sin^2(\alpha)=1-\cos^2(\alpha)=1-\left(-\frac{4}{9} \right)^2=\frac{65}{81}$

Since $\displaystyle \alpha$ is in the third quadrant, we know $\displaystyle \sin(\alpha)$ is negative. So we find:

$\displaystyle \sin(\alpha)=-\frac{\sqrt{65}}{9}$

See if you can use the same reasoning to find $\displaystyle \cos(\beta)$.

Re: Trigonometry Problems

Well, I got Cos(B)= Sqrt95/12, so assuming that's correct I went ahead and plugged everything into the formulas for the rest of the question. Appreciate your help, thank you.

Re: Trigonometry Problems

$\displaystyle \beta$ is in the second quadrant, so $\displaystyle \cos(\beta)$ will be negative. (Nod)

Re: Trigonometry Problems

... close enough. Hahah thank you.