I am having problems with proving identities. Could someone please help me?

1. tanx + cot x = secxcscx

2. sec^2x = ___cscx____

cscx - sinx

3. _tan^2t__ = sect - cost

sect

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- April 18th 2005, 12:26 PMkdstalnakerProving Identities
I am having problems with proving identities. Could someone please help me?

1. tanx + cot x = secxcscx

2. sec^2x = ___cscx____

cscx - sinx

3. _tan^2t__ = sect - cost

sect - April 18th 2005, 06:13 PMbeepnoodle
We first need to know these three facts,

tan x = sin x / cos x

cotan x = cos x / sin x

(sin x)^2 + (cos x)^2 = 1

Then,

tan x + cotan x = (sin x / cos x) + (cos x / sin x)

= ((sin x)^2 + (cos x)^2)/(sin x * cos x)

= 1 / (sin x * cos x)

= (1/sin x)*(1/cos x)

= csc x sec x = sec x csc x

Get the idea now? When dealing with sec x and csc x it is usually easier to put them in terms of sine and cosine and just grind through the algebra.