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phillips101 Sorry, I don't know if this is in the right section or not.
Basically, the question is:
Solve sin(x) + sin(y) + sin(z) = 0 , for all x,y and z.
How I attempted it:
I assumed the identity sin(x) + sin(x+2pi/3) + sin(x-2pi/3) = 0 , which is easily proved with the compound angle formulae.
Then I just compared the equation and the identity, and said that if y were of the form x+2pi/3 and z were of the form x-2pi/3, then the equation would hold. So effectively there are an infinite number of solutions.
The next question was:
Solve cos(x) + cos(y) + sin(z) = 0
FOr this, I re-wrote the cos's as sin(Pi/2-x) (or y, as the case may be), and solved it exactly the same way as above.
Are these methods correct? I'm filled wiht doubt because on another forum they were talking about putting them in the complex plane as vectors and rotating them and all sorts of things...