# Math Help - Trigonometric

1. ## Trigonometric

Given that sin20=x, cos10=y, state each of the following in terms of x and y
a) cos30
b) cos 5

2. ## Re: Trigonometric

Originally Posted by Trefoil2727
Given that sin20=x, cos10=y, state each of the following in terms of x and y
a) cos30
b) cos 5
a) $\cos(30^o)=\cos(10^o+20^o)$

b) $\cos(5^o)=\cos\left(\frac{10^o}{2}\right)$.

Now you show some work on your part.

3. ## Re: Trigonometric

This is part a:

There is the identity $\cos(\theta + \phi) = \cos{\theta}\cos{\phi} - \sin{\theta}\sin{\phi}$

let $\space$ $\sin{\theta} = \sin{20^{\circ}} = x$ $\space$ and $\space$ $\cos{\phi} = \cos{10^{\circ}} = y$

that makes $\space$ $\cos{20^{\circ} = \sqrt{1 - x^2}$ $\space$ and $\space$ $\sin{10^{\circ} = \sqrt{1 - y^2}$

where $\space$ $\theta = 20^{\circ}$ $\space$ $\phi = 10^{\circ}$