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    values of x

    hey all,

    if -pie < x < pie, find all values of x if cos 2x = 0.5

    anyone know this one???
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    should be \pm\frac{pi}{6} and \pm\frac{5pi}{6}
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    Last edited by Math Help; May 30th 2005 at 09:42 AM.
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    that sounds about right, lol but how do you get it? I sort of need a step by step or it will annoy me for ages :S
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    Unit circle

    I would think about the unit circle. And how cos is the x values. Then try and find the two angles that will get you a value of .5 and divide them by two since we are talking about cos(2x).

    Also you have to think about negative values by going clock wise instead of counter clock wise.
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    Last edited by Math Help; June 5th 2005 at 04:21 PM.
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    i have got you so far...., the to angles are 30, and -30 after dividing 60 by 2, buy, the angles are supposed to be between -pi and pi :S.... is there a next step or something
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    Yes

    cos of 300 degrees and 300 degrees will also give you 0.5.
    Since it is cos(2x) your last two answers are 150 and -150 and those fall between -pi and pi.
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    soz for being a pain lol, but since when is -150 and 150 between -3.14 and 3.14????
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    Radians and Degrees

    The problem here is that we have confused the units of angle.

    3.14 or pi is referring to radians
    180 degrees is in degrees

    3.14 radians = 180 degrees

    so 150 is inbetween -180 and 180.

    The unit circle in the above post is with degrees units when your question was stated with radians in mind. If you look back to the initial posts those answers are still correct
    Last edited by Math Help; June 19th 2005 at 03:22 PM.
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    thx for that . The guide that ui using is absolutly useless, so onc e again thx for clearing that up
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