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    need help on prooving trig identities!

    Ok so heres the question,
    Prove:
    1-cos2x-1/2cos^2x=sec^2x
    I got this far but i dont know what do after that

    1-(2cos^2x-1)-1/2cos^2x

    Can ne one help me???
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    ?????

    anyone?????
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    do you really mean to the power of 2x ? maybe im not high enough in math yet then
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarlock99 View Post
    Prove:
    1-cos2x-1/2cos^2x=sec^2x
    Your question is completely incomprehensible!

    Please, use parenthesis. May be that's why the question has not been quickly answered.
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    Um

    Quote Originally Posted by Krizalid View Post
    Your question is completely incomprehensible!

    Please, use parenthesis. May be that's why the question has not been quickly answered.
    Thats how it shows it in the question, there is no parenthesis. How the hell do u think that question is incomprehensible
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    algebraically you can add parenthesis where you need to, also it is hard to tell what is to what power and what is being divided by what, take a picture of it, that might help some of us
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    That better?

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    is the first 1 above, below, or just to the left of the rest of the problem?
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    um

    Im trying to prove that the Left hand side equals the right hand side, thus all of that has to equal sec^2x
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    Quote Originally Posted by zarlock99 View Post
    1 - \frac{{\cos 2x - 1}}<br />
{{2\cos ^2 x}} = \sec ^2 x
    Okay, this makes more sense.

    Since \cos 2x = 2\cos ^2 x - 1, the LHS becomes

    1 - \frac{{\cos ^2 x - 1}}<br />
{{\cos ^2 x}} = 1 - 1 + \frac{1}<br />
{{\cos ^2 x}} = \sec ^2 x.

    End of the history.
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