# Double angle formulas

• February 18th 2009, 04:02 AM
bobred
Double angle formulas
Hi

I'm having some problems seeing how they've come to an answer in the course book, here we go.

$sin^2x \ cos^2x = \frac{1}{4}\ sin^2(2x)$

and then through several stages, some skipped, we get

$=\frac{1}{8}\ (1-cos(4x))$

Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks
• February 18th 2009, 07:32 AM
red_dog
We have $\sin 2x=2\sin x\cos x$ and $\cos 4x=1-2\sin^22x$

Now $\sin^2x\cos^2x=(\sin x\cos x)^2=\left(\frac{\sin 2x}{2}\right)^2=\frac{1}{4}\sin^22x=$

$=\frac{1}{8}\cdot 2\sin^22x=\frac{1}{8}(1-1+2\sin^22x)=\frac{1}{8}[1-(1-2\sin^22x)]=\frac{1}{8}(1-\cos 4x)$
• February 18th 2009, 07:33 AM
darence
look here
• February 18th 2009, 09:17 PM
theindian
use cos2x formula
• February 19th 2009, 06:53 AM
metlx
$

cos(4x) = cos(2x + 2x) = .... = 8cos^4 x - 8cos^2 x + 1
$

$
cos^4 x = (1-sin^2 x)^2 = 1 - 2sin^2 x + sin^4 x
$

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$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = \frac{1}{8} (1 - cos(4x))
$

$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = \frac {1}{8} (1 - 8cos^4 x + 8cos^2 x - 1)
$

$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = -cos^4 x + cos^2 x
$

$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = -1 + 2sin^2x - sin^4 x + (1- sin^2 x)
$

$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = sin^2 x - sin^4 x
$

$
sin^2 xcos^2 x = sin^2 x (1 - sin^2 x)
$

$
cos^2 x = 1 - sin^2 x
$

$
cos^2 x = cos^2 x
$

sorry for the long explanation :P

EDIT: just realized this wasn't really about proving the equalities.. meh I'll leave it unedited anyways :D)