# Thread: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

1. ## Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

How do I find the exact value without any decimals?

2. ## Re: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

Originally Posted by Eraser147
How do I find the exact value without any decimals?

Can you find an easy expression for $\displaystyle \cos(4\theta)}~?$.

Because $\displaystyle 45^o=4(11.25)^o.$

3. ## Re: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

11.25 degrees = pi/16

$\displaystyle \cos 2\theta = 2 \cos^2 \theta - 1 \Rightarrow \cos \theta = \sqrt{\frac{1 + \cos 2\theta}{2}}$ (in the domain that we're interested in)

Then just apply this half-angle formula a couple times to get your answer.

4. ## Re: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

So it would be Sqrt 1 + (2)11.25 divided by 2?

5. ## Re: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

Originally Posted by Eraser147
So it would be Sqrt 1 + (2)11.25 divided by 2?
no ...

$\displaystyle \cos\left(\frac{x}{4}\right) = \sqrt{\frac{1 + \cos\left(\frac{x}{2}\right)}{2}} = \sqrt{\frac{1 + \sqrt{\frac{1+\cos{x}}{2}}}{2}}$

now let $\displaystyle x = 45^\circ$

6. ## Re: Find the exact value of Cos 11.25 degrees

^ Makes a lot more sense. Thanks.

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