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    [SOLVED] Equation involving arctan

    Show that \forall x \in R, that

    arctan(x+1) - arctanx = arctan\frac{1}{x^2 + x + 1}

    tan is a continuous function, so (can anyone tell me why that is important when doing these kinda proofs?)

    tan(arctan(x+1) - arctanx) = tan\left(arctan\frac{1}{x^2 + x + 1}\right)

    u = arctan(x+1), v = arctanx  \implies

    tan(u-v) = \frac{tanu - tanv}{1 + tanu \cdot tanv} = tan\left(arctan\frac{1}{x^2 + x + 1}\right)

    Now all I need to prove is that

    \frac{-\pi}{2} < arctan(x+1) - arctanx < \frac{\pi}{2}, \forall x \in R

    Suggestions?



    (How do you write the symbol for real numbers in latex by the way?)
    Last edited by Spec; January 25th 2008 at 06:50 AM.
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    Hello, Spec!

    You started off okay . . .


    Show that \forall x \in R, that:

    . . \arctan(x+1) - \arctan(x) \:= \:\arctan\left(\frac{1}{x^2 + x + 1}\right)
    Let \theta \:=\:\arctan(x+1) - \arctan(x)

    Take the tangent:

    . . \tan\theta \;=\;\tan\left[\arctan(x+1) - \arctan(x)\right]

    . . . . . . =\;\frac{\tan[\arctan(x+1)] - \tan[\arctan(x)]}{1 + \tan[\arctan(x+1)]\tan[\arctan(x)]}

    . . . . . . = \;\frac{x + 1 - x}{1 + (x+1)x}

    . . . . . . =\;\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}


    We have: . \tan\theta \;=\;\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}

    . . Hence: . \theta \;=\;\arctan\left(\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}\right)


    Therefore: . \arctan(x+1) - \arctan(x) \;=\;\arctan\left(\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}\right)

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    That much I've already figured out, but according to my math professor, I also need to be able to show that

    \frac{-\pi}{2} < arctan(x+1) - arctanx < \frac{\pi}{2}, \forall x \in R
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec View Post
    \frac{-\pi}{2} < arctan(x+1) - arctanx < \frac{\pi}{2}, \forall x \in R
    \frac{d}{dx}\text{Arctan}(x+1) - \text{Arctan}x = 0

    \frac{1}{(x+1)^2+1} - \frac{1}{x^2+1} = 0

    \frac{1}{(x+1)^2+1} = \frac{1}{x^2+1}

    (\text{ For }(x+1)^2+1 \neq 0, x^2+1 \neq 0)\text{ }

    (x+1)^2+1 = x^2+1
    ... (some easy work)
    x = -\frac{1}{2}
    (I leave you the proof of this point is a maxima)

    Now we know that this function has only one extrema. But we must still check it for global maximums/minimums.

    \lim _{x\to +\infty }\text{Arctan}(x+1)-\text{Arctan}(x)=0

    \lim _{x\to -\infty }\text{Arctan}(x+1)-\text{Arctan}(x)=0

    So, the functions largest value is -\frac{1}{2} and least value is 0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spec View Post
    That much I've already figured out, but according to my math professor, I also need to be able to show that

    \frac{-\pi}{2} < arctan(x+1) - arctanx < \frac{\pi}{2}, \forall x \in R
    Are you allowed to use \arctan(x+1) - \arctan(x) \;=\;\arctan\left(\frac{1}{x^2+x+1}\right) \, ?

    Note that \frac{3}{4} \leq  x^2 + x + 1 = \left( x + \frac{1}{2} \right)^2 + \frac{3}{4} < \infty

    Therefore 0 < \frac{1}{x^2+x+1} \leq \frac{4}{3}.

    What does that tell you ......?
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