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**Furyan** Hello

I am struggling with a simple trig equation, again.

The question is to solve, on the interval $\displaystyle -\pi \leq x \leq \pi$,

$\displaystyle \cos^2x = sinxcosx$

Using my graphing calculator I get four solutions.

Dividing through by $\displaystyle cos^2x$ I get:

$\displaystyle tanx = 1$, for which there are only two solutions. Two of the four I should have.

I have come across this before, where decreasing the power reduces the number of solutions, which makes sense, although I don't understand it. I'd by grateful if someone would explain where I'm going wrong.

Thank you