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    tan(A-B)+tan(B-C)+tan(C-A)=tan(A-B)tan(B-C)tan(C-A)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce
    help..

    tan(A-B)+tan(B-C)+tan(C-A)=tan(A-B)tan(B-C)tan(C-A)

    tan(A-B)= -tan(B-A) =-tan((B-C)+(C-A))
    expand it and you will get the answer
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    Quote Originally Posted by Joyce
    help..

    tan(A-B)+tan(B-C)+tan(C-A)=tan(A-B)tan(B-C)tan(C-A)

    This is a new question it belongs in a new thread.

    Also don't post the same question twice.

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    Hello, Joyce!

    \tan(A-B) + \tan(B-C) + \tan(C-A)\;=\;\tan(A-B) \tan(B-C)\tan(C-A)
    Let P = A-B,\;\;Q = B-C,\;\;R = C-A

    We see that: A - B) + (B - C) + (C - A)\:=\:0" alt="P + Q + R \:= \A - B) + (B - C) + (C - A)\:=\:0" />

    So we have: P + Q + R\:=\:0\quad\Rightarrow\quad P + Q\:=\:-R


    Take the tangent of both sides: \tan(P + Q)\;=\;\tan(-R)

    . . and we have: \frac{\tan(P) + \tan(Q)}{1 - \tan(P)\cdot\tan(Q)}\;=\;-\tan(R)

    Then: \tan(P) + \tan(Q)\;=\;-\tan(R)[1 - \tan(P)\tan(Q)] \;=\; -\tan(R) + \tan(P)\tan(Q)\tan(R)

    . . Hence: \tan(P) + \tan(Q) + \tan(R)\;=\;\ran(P)\tan(Q)\tan(R)


    Therefore: \tan(A-B) + \tan(B-A) + \tan(C-A) \;=\;\tan(A-B) \tan(B - C)\tan(C - A)

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    How did I come up with this proof?

    I saw that this problem was similar to another (classic) problem:
    . . If  A + B + C = 180^o, then: \tan A + \tan B + \tan C\;=\,\tan A\tan B\tan C

    And the proof is almost identical.
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