# Trigonometry Identities

• Nov 1st 2008, 11:31 PM
SniperMarksman
Trigonometry Identities
Hi I need help in proving trigonometric identities.

The qn is Prove the identity:

tan x/ 1 + cos x + tan x/1 - cos x = 2 (tan x + cot x )

Thanks (;
• Nov 2nd 2008, 12:32 AM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by SniperMarksman
Hi I need help in proving trigonometric identities.

The qn is Prove the identity:

tan x/ 1 + cos x + tan x/1 - cos x = 2 (tan x + cot x )

Thanks (;

LHS $\displaystyle = \frac{\tan x}{1 + \cos x} + \frac{\tan x}{1 - \cos x}$

$\displaystyle = \frac{\tan x (1 - \cos x) + \tan x (1 + \cos x)}{(1 + \cos x) (1 - \cos x)}$

Numerator: Substitute $\displaystyle \tan x = \frac{\sin x}{\cos x}$ and expand.

Denominator: Note the $\displaystyle (1 + \cos x) (1 - \cos x) = 1 - \cos^2 x = \sin^2 x$.

Continue simplifying until recognise that you've clearly got the RHS.
• Nov 2nd 2008, 12:35 AM
SniperMarksman
O.o alright, thanks =D
• Nov 2nd 2008, 01:01 AM
Angel
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• Nov 2nd 2008, 01:16 AM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by Angel

Excuse me??

I have no intention of proving it. I've provided some direction for the OP.

I will add however that the RHS is equivalent to $\displaystyle \frac{2}{\cos x \sin x}$ ....
• Nov 2nd 2008, 05:51 AM
CaptainBlack
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Originally Posted by Angel