# Thread: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

1. ## Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

So this is the equation,
(sin x)^2 = sinx cosx for x lying between 0 and 360 degrees both inclusive.

Solving it, i got the following values for x

x = 0, 45 , 135 , 180 , 225 , 315 , 360

but the correct values for x are x = 0, 45 , 180 , 225 , 360

I dont understand why 135, 315 is not considered as correct .
Nid ur help guys. thnks in advance

2. ## Re: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

We are given to solve:

$\sin^2(x)=\sin(x)\cos(x)$ where $0^{\circ}\le x\le360^{\circ}$

$\sin^2(x)-\sin(x)\cos(x)=0$

$\sin(x)(\sin(x)-\cos(x))=0$

Now, in turn equate both factors to zero, and solve for $x$ on the given interval:

$\sin(x)=0$

$x=0^{\circ},180^{\circ},360^{\circ}$

$\sin(x)-\cos(x)=0$

$\sin(x)=\cos(x)$

$x=45^{\circ},225^{\circ}$

The extra solutions you gave satisfy $\sin(x)+\cos(x)=0$, which is not part of the original equation.

3. ## Re: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

sin x = cos x
i solved it this way..

squaring both sides,
(sin x)² = (cos x)²
(sin x)² = 1 - (sin x)²
2 (sin x)² = 1
sin x = ± (1/√2)

i get x= 45,135 and x=225,315

how do i reject 135 and 315 ?

4. ## Re: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

how do i reject 135 and 315 ?
you're expected to know that sine and cosine have opposite signs at x = 135 and x = 315

5. ## Re: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

Yeah ..should be more careful about these mistakes next time . Thank you dude : ))

6. ## Re: Trigonometric equation involving (sin x ) ^ 2

$x= \left\{0, \frac{\pi }{4}, \pi ,\frac{5\pi }{4}\right\}$