# Reducing fractions with pi in them

• Jan 15th 2013, 04:38 PM
Ragnarok
Reducing fractions with pi in them
I am trying to simplify the expression

$\cos\frac{35\pi}{4}+i\sin\frac{35\pi}{4}$

The cosine and sine functions can be reduced modulo $2\pi$, right? So I wrote this as

$\cos\frac{3\pi}{4}+i\sin\frac{3\pi}{4}$

after subtracting $\frac{32\pi}{4}=8\pi$ from each of the arguments. But checking this equality with my calculator I get something different. What am I doing wrong?
• Jan 15th 2013, 05:02 PM
russo
Re: Reducing fractions with pi in them
Maybe something's wrong with your calculator settings. I get $cos\left(\frac{35\pi}{4}\right) = cos\left(\frac{3\pi}{4}\right) = -\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ and $sin\left(\frac{35\pi}{4}\right) = sin\left(\frac{3\pi}{4}\right) = \frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$
• Jan 15th 2013, 05:06 PM
topsquark
Re: Reducing fractions with pi in them
A common mistake might be at play. Make sure you are in 'radian' mode.

-Dan
• Jan 15th 2013, 05:32 PM
Ragnarok
Re: Reducing fractions with pi in them
Ah, I should have known! Thanks!