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    3 Trig Equations and 1 Word Problem Help

    1. 2sin(x+(pi/2)) + 3tan(pi-x) = 0, in the interval [0, pi)

    2. cos2x + 2sin^2(x) - 2tan^2(x) - 1 = 0, in the interval [0, 2pi)

    3. 4sin^2(x) - 4sin(x) + 1 = 0, in the interval [0, 2pi)

    4. Two airplanes leave an airport at the same time, one going west at 375 mph and the other going northeast at 425 mph. How far are they apart two hours after departure?

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    This is how far I got for problem #1:

    Step 1: 2(sinxcos(pi/2)+cosxsin(pi/2) + 3(sin(pi-x)/cos(pi-x)) = 0
    Step 2: 2(sinxcos(pi/2)+cosxsin(pi/2) + 3(sinpicosx-cospisinx/cospicosx+sinx) = 0

    I don't know where to go from there and I don't know how to get started on the other two equations. And for the word problem, I thought about using the Law of Cosines, but I need an angle to use that formula. I don't think this is a right triangle problem either because of the second plane going NE. Please help.
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    Quote Originally Posted by College Student View Post
    1. 2sin(x+(pi/2)) + 3tan(pi-x) = 0, in the interval [0, pi)


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    This is how far I got for problem #1:

    Step 1: 2(sinxcos(pi/2)+cosxsin(pi/2) + 3(sin(pi-x)/cos(pi-x)) = 0
    Step 2: 2(sinxcos(pi/2)+cosxsin(pi/2) + 3(sinpicosx-cospisinx/cospicosx+sinx) = 0
    After using the identities in this link

    Table of Trigonometric Identities

    I arrived at sin(x) = -1/2 which has no solution on the interval [0,pi)
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    Hello, College Student!

    Here's the first one . . .


    1)\;\;2\sin\left(x+\tfrac{\pi}{2}\right) + 3\tan(\pi-x) \:=\: 0 in the interval [0, \pi)
    Simplfy first . . .

    . . \sin\left(x + \tfrac{\pi}{2}\right) \:=\:\sin x\cos\tfrac{\pi}{2} + \cos x \sin\tfrac{\pi}{2} \;=\;\sin x\cdot0 + \cos x\cdot 1 \;=\;\cos x

    . . \tan(\pi - x) \:=\:\frac{\tan\pi -\tan x}{1 + \tan\pi\tan x} \;=\;\frac{0-\tan x}{1 - 0} \;=\;-\tan x


    The problem becomes: . 2\cos x - 3\tan x \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 2\cos x - 3\frac{\sin x}{\cos x} \:=\:0

    . . 2\cos^2\!x - 3\sin x \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad 2(1-\sin^2\!x) - 3\sin x \:=\:0


    We have: . 2\sin^2\!x + 3\sin x - 2 \:=\:0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad (\sin x + 2)(2\sin x - 1)\:=\:0

    . . \sin x + 2 \:=\: 0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad\sin x \:=\: -2 \quad\text{no solution}

    . . 2\sin x - 1 \:=\: 0 \quad\Rightarrow\quad \sin x \:=\: \tfrac{1}{2} \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \:=\: \tfrac{\pi}{6},\:\tfrac{5\pi}{6}

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    Thanks, Soroban.

    Here's what I got so far for the second problem:

    Step 1: 1-2sin^2(x) + 2 sin^2(x) - 2(sinx/cosx) - 1 = 0
    the bolded parts gets cancelled out (I think)
    Step 2: -2(sinx/cosx) = 0

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    That's about as far as I got. #3 still confuses me and I still have no luck with the word problem.

    Edit: Oh, wait. Instead of converting tan to sin and cos, if I kept it like it is:

    -2tan^2(x) = 0
    tan^2(x) = 0
    tanx = 0
    x = 0, pi, 2pi

    Is that right?
    Last edited by College Student; May 4th 2009 at 12:38 AM.
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