How do I show that sinx + tanx > 2x if 0 < x < pi/2 ?

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- March 6th 2008, 08:46 AMweasley74sinx + tanx > 2x - help!!
How do I show that sinx + tanx > 2x if 0 < x < pi/2 ?

- March 6th 2008, 09:26 AMcolby2152
- March 6th 2008, 12:00 PMweasley74
so I get cosx + 1/(cosx)^2 = 0 , and then I get (cosx)^3 + 1 = 0, putting cosx = t, I get t^3 + 1 = 0

and because what must be a minor stroke, i have no idea how to solve that simple equation. - March 6th 2008, 01:28 PMcolby2152
- March 6th 2008, 01:38 PMweasley74
so we didn't really find anything out by doing that?

- March 6th 2008, 03:14 PMiknowone
Both functions are non negative on the specified interval. The derivative of 2x is 2 while the derivative of sin(x) + tan(x) = cos(x)+1/cos(x)^2 which is clearly greater than or equal to 2. Since sin(x)+tan(x) = 2x at x=0 and sin(x)+tan(x) is increasing faster than 2x for every value of x (0,pi/2], sin(x)+tan(x) is greater than or equal to 2x.