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    trig problems

    Hi guys, I'm having a little trouble with 2 problems.

    The first is:

    find all solutions to 2cos^2 theta + cos theta - 1 = 0, 0 <= theta <= 2pi, giving exact solutions

    and the second is:

    find all solutions to cos(2theta) + 5cos theta + 3 = 0, 0 <= theta <= 2pi, giving exact solutions

    My problem is that I'm not sure as to how to approach and begin these problems. They look like I'm supposed to be using trig identities but when I tried that I simply confused myself.

    Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advanced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltemis View Post
    Hi guys, I'm having a little trouble with 2 problems.

    The first is:

    find all solutions to 2cos^2 theta + cos theta - 1 = 0, 0 <= theta <= 2pi, giving exact solutions

    and the second is:

    find all solutions to cos(2theta) + 5cos theta + 3 = 0, 0 <= theta <= 2pi, giving exact solutions

    My problem is that I'm not sure as to how to approach and begin these problems. They look like I'm supposed to be using trig identities but when I tried that I simply confused myself.

    Any help would be very much appreciated. Thanks in advanced.
    The first one can be factored compare to this equation with

    x=\cos(\theta)

    2x^2+x-1=0 \iff (2x-1)(x+1)=0

    for the second use the identity

    \cos(2\theta)=2\cos^{2}(\theta)-1

    Sub this in and then factor.
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