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    Simplify Expression

    sin x / 1 + cos x + cot x

    sin^2 x / 1 - cos x

    sec^2 x -1 / sec^2 x

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    Hello,

    Quote Originally Posted by NeedHelp18 View Post
    sin x / 1 + cos x + cot x

    sin^2 x / 1 - cos x

    sec^2 x -1 / sec^2 x

    Thanks!
    Please put parenthesis...

    I guess the second one is :

    \frac{\sin^2 x}{1- \cos x}

    We know that \sin^2 x+\cos^2 x=1 \implies \sin^2 x=1-\cos^2 x=(1-\cos x) \cdot (1+\cos x)

    So, how does it simplify ?

    (not sure about this one)
    \frac{\sec^2 x-1}{\sec^2 x} (or \sec^2 x-\frac{1}{\sec^2 x} ?)

    =1-\frac{1}{\sec^2 x}=1-\cos^2 x=...

    Is the first one \frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x}+\cot x or \frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x+\cot x} ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moo View Post
    Hello,



    Please put parenthesis...

    I guess the second one is :

    \frac{\sin^2 x}{1- \cos x}

    We know that \sin^2 x+\cos^2 x=1 \implies \sin^2 x=1-\cos^2 x=(1-\cos x) \cdot (1+\cos x)

    So, how does it simplify ?

    (not sure about this one)
    \frac{\sec^2 x-1}{\sec^2 x} (or \sec^2 x-\frac{1}{\sec^2 x} ?)

    =1-\frac{1}{\sec^2 x}=1-\cos^2 x=...

    Is the first one \frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x}+\cot x or \frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x+\cot x} ?
    the first option
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedHelp18 View Post
    the first option
    thanks
    For the third one ?

    \frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x}+\cot x=\frac{\sin x}{1+\cos x}+\frac{\cos x}{\sin x}

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

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

    =\frac{\cos x+1}{\sin x(1+\cos x)}=\dots
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    is the answer csc x
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    ( in this one arent u supposed to leave the sinx in the numerator)



    i did it again and now i get sin x + cosx as the answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedHelp18 View Post
    ( in this one arent u supposed to leave the sinx in the numerator)



    i did it again and now i get sin x + cosx as the answer.
    =\frac{\color{red}\cos x+1}{\sin x({\color{red}1+\cos x})}

    Can you just simplify ?



    The answer is indeed csc x
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    yeah but in this part, isnt the sin ^2 x is simplified to sin x so doesnt it have to be left in the numerator?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NeedHelp18 View Post


    yeah but in this part, isnt the sin ^2 x is simplified to sin x so doesnt it have to be left in the numerator?

    Thanks!
    If it was, sin(x) should be dividing the whole numerator...

    Here, it simplifies because \cos^2 x+\sin^2 x=1

    We don't want it to be more complicated
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    thanks, now i get it
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