# [Trig Proof] Does this answer key make sense?

• Jun 29th 2013, 03:35 PM
KevinShaughnessy
[Trig Proof] Does this answer key make sense?
Hi,

Does the answer key section here for number 2 makes sense? It seems like they went from cos^2 - sin^2 to cos^2 + sin^2 for no reason.

http://i.imgur.com/bdyQPrJ.png

Thanks.
• Jun 29th 2013, 04:47 PM
Soroban
Re: [Trig Proof] Does this answer key make sense?
Hello, KevinShaughnessy!

What they did was correct.

Quote:

$\text{Prove: }\:\frac{\sin2t}{\sin t} - \frac{\cos2t}{\cos t} \:=\:\sec t$

$\frac{\sin2t}{\sin t} - \frac{\cos2t}{\cos t} \;=\;\frac{2\sin t\cos t}{\sin t} - \frac{(\cos^2\!t-\sin^2\!t)}{\cos t}$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;2\cos t - \left(\frac{\cos^2\!t-\sin^2\!t}{\cos t}\right)$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;\frac{2\cos^2\!t - (\cos^2\!t - \sin^2\!t)}{\cos t}$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;\frac{2\cos^2\!t - \cos^2\!t + \sin^2t}{\cos t}$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;\frac{\cos^2\!t + \sin^2\!t}{\cos t}$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;\frac{1}{\cos t}$

n . . . . . . . . . $=\;\sec t$
• Jun 29th 2013, 04:49 PM
HallsofIvy
Re: [Trig Proof] Does this answer key make sense?
Yes, the answer key is perfectly correct. The problem is to prove the trig identity $\frac{sin(2t)}{sin(t)}- \frac{cos(2t)}{cos(t)}= sec(t)$. They do that by using the "double angle" identities: $sin(2t)= 2 sin(t)cos(t)$ and $cos(2t)= cos^2(t)- sin^2(t)$ to write the left side as $\frac{2sin(t)cos(t)}{sin(t)}- \frac{cos^2(t)- sin^2(t)}{cos(t)}$.

Of course we can cancel the "sin(t)" terms in the first fraction to get
$2 cos(t)- \frac{cos^2(t)- sin^2(t)}{cos(t)}$
and turn the first "2cos(t)" into a fraction by multiplying both numerator and denominator by cos(t):
$\frac{2cos^2(t)}{cos(t)}- \frac{cos^2(t)- sin^2(t)}{cos(t)}$.

Now add the fractions, remembering to distribute that "-" in front of the second fraction:
$\frac{2cos^2(t)- cos^2(t)+ sin^2(t)}{cos(t)}= \frac{cos^2(t)+ sin^2(t)}{cos(t)}= \frac{1}{cos(t)}= sec(t)$.
• Jun 30th 2013, 03:13 PM
KevinShaughnessy
Re: [Trig Proof] Does this answer key make sense?
Thanks guys, looks like I need a bit of work on knowing when to distribute a negative.