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I was having some confusion about the fact that the second line I wrote can be divided by 2. That would give a solution involving a power, n. Is what I have written considered better?

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- December 15th 2013, 03:37 AMStuck Mangeneral solutions
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I was having some confusion about the fact that the second line I wrote can be divided by 2. That would give a solution involving a power, n. Is what I have written considered better? - December 15th 2013, 01:14 PMromsekRe: general solutions
I think the problem lies mainly in your second line which is correct but confusing and hard to work with.

Much better I think to just note that

sin[2 theta] = -1/2 at

(2 theta) = (11 pi)/6 + 2 pi k, and (7 pi)/6 + 2 pi k, k an integer

Now you have two simple equations to solve w/o all the fuss about even vs. odd n etc.

(sorry LaTex doesn't seem to be working today)

comparing solutions

theta = (11 pi)/12 + pi k = -pi/12 + pi k, i.e your first solution

theta = (7 pi)/12 + pi k, i.e. your second solution

so we ended up with the same answers but I believe my solution is a bit more straightforward than yours.

You did get the correct answers though.