# Math Help - Can Wolfram Alpha be wrong?

1. ## Can Wolfram Alpha be wrong?

Hi!

I've got a plain trigonometric equation.

π/2 can't be the answer, but Wolfram Alpha has a different opinion.
How is it even possible?

2. ## Re: Can Wolfram Alpha be wrong?

I agree: strictly speaking, π/2 is not a solution because tan(π/2) is undefined. Apparently, WolframAlpha simplifies the equation and in the process acquires spurious solutions. The same happens with tan(x)cos(x) = 1.

3. ## Re: Can Wolfram Alpha be wrong?

Yes, WA can be wrong. I don't know the extent of it, but see here for a simple integral which it gets wrong. The solution, of course, should be log|x| + C, not log(x) + C.

Always check your answers. Even when using a fancy "calculator" like WA.

-Dan