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    Hi I am wondering about my answer..Given that cosA-sinA=1/3,find the exact value of cosAsinA. I got (2sqrt(5))/9 but the answer is 4/9.. Really appreciate this thanksa. Lot!!
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    Re: finding.the.value.of a trigonometric ratio

    Take the given relation and square it:

    (\cos(A)-\sin(A))^2=\left(\frac{1}{3} \right)^2

    You should then find the given result, after you simplify and solve for the required expression.
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    Re: finding.the.value.of a trigonometric ratio

    Quote Originally Posted by Tutu View Post
    Hi I am wondering about my answer..Given that cosA-sinA=1/3,find the exact value of cosAsinA. I got (2sqrt(5))/9 but the answer is 4/9.. Really appreciate this thanksa. Lot!!
    \displaystyle \begin{align*} \cos{(A)} - \sin{(A)} &= \frac{1}{3} \\ \left[ \cos{(A)} - \sin{(A)} \right]^2 &= \left( \frac{1}{3} \right)^2 \\ \cos^2{(A)} - 2\cos{(A)}\sin{(A)} + \sin^2{(A)} &= \frac{1}{9} \\ 1 - 2\cos{(A)}\sin{(A)} &= \frac{1}{9} \\ 1 - \frac{1}{9} &= 2\cos{(A)}\sin{(A)} \\ \frac{8}{9} &= 2\cos{(A)}\sin{(A)} \\ \frac{4}{9} &= \cos{(A)}\sin{(A)} \end{align*}
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