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    Find the exact value of tan(`pi/12).

    Does this need to be done in radians or degrees or am I starting on the wrong track??
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    Quote Originally Posted by christenc05 View Post
    Find the exact value of tan(`pi/12).

    Does this need to be done in radians or degrees or am I starting on the wrong track??
    here are the two ways i'd go about this:

    (1) Note that \tan \bigg( \frac {\pi}{12} \bigg) = \tan \bigg( \frac 12 \cdot \frac {\pi}6 \bigg)

    now use the half angle formula for tangent, that is, the expansion for \tan \frac {\theta}2. here, \theta = \frac {\pi}6

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    (2) Note that \tan \bigg( \frac {\pi}{12} \bigg) = \tan \bigg( \frac {4 \pi}{12} - \frac {3 \pi}{12} \bigg) = \tan \bigg( \frac {\pi}3  - \frac {\pi}4 \bigg).

    now use the addition formula for tangent


    can you continue?
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    Quote Originally Posted by christenc05 View Post
    Find the exact value of tan(`pi/12).

    Does this need to be done in radians or degrees or am I starting on the wrong track??
    Use radians as the angle is in terms of \pi.

    \tan \left( \frac{ \pi}{12} \right) = \tan \left( \frac{1}{2} \cdot \frac{ \pi}{6} \right)

    You will need the half angle identity for tan for this problem.

    \tan \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right) = \frac{\sin \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}

    Multiply by \frac{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}
    \frac{\sin \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)} \cdot \frac{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}{\cos \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)} \ \   \Rightarrow  \ \ \frac{\sin \left( \theta \right)}{2 \cos^2 \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right)}

    \therefore \tan \left( \frac{\theta}{2} \right) =  \frac{\sin \theta }{1 + \cos \theta}

    You should know \sin \left( \frac{ \pi}{6} \right) and \cos \left( \frac{ \pi}{6} \right).

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    hi cristian005
    I don't know exact value of your formula.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sharu View Post
    hi cristian005
    I don't know exact value of your formula.
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