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    double angle question

    How do you solve:

    sin(2θ) + sin(4θ) = 0

    on the interval of [0 degrees, 360 degrees)
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    Hello,

    Quote Originally Posted by stasis View Post
    How do you solve:

    sin(2θ) + sin(4θ) = 0

    on the interval of [0 degrees, 360 degrees)
    Write : \sin 4 \theta=2 \sin 2\theta \cdot \cos 2\theta

    Notice that \cos A=\sqrt{1-\sin^2 A} \implies \cos 2\theta=\sqrt{1-\sin^2 2 \theta}

    Substitute : y=\sin 2 \theta


    \implies \sin 2 \theta+2 \sin 2 \theta \sqrt{1-\sin^2 2 \theta}=y+2y \cdot \sqrt{1-y^2}

    So you want to solve for y in y+2y \cdot \sqrt{1-y^2}=0 \longleftrightarrow y(1+2\sqrt{1-y^2})=0

    Does it help ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by stasis View Post
    How do you solve:

    sin(2θ) + sin(4θ) = 0

    on the interval of [0 degrees, 360 degrees)
    Note that \sin(2u)=2\sin(u) \cos(u). Thus, \sin(4\theta)=2\sin(2\theta) \cos(2\theta). Substituting this into the equation, we get:

    \sin(2\theta)+2\sin(2\theta)\cos(2\theta)=0\implie  s \sin(2\theta)\left(1+2\cos(2\theta)\right)=0

    Thus we get two equations:

    \sin(2\theta)=0 \ \text{and} \ \cos(2\theta)=-\frac{1}{2}. You can take it from here...
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