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    [SOLVED] Double angle problem

    it says to prove
    1+sin2x=(sinx+cosx)^2
    so I'm stuck
    i have tried

    1+2sinxcosx=1-2sin^2x
    and
    1+2sinxcosx=cos2x
    ...
    I need help. Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brentwoodbc View Post
    it says to prove
    1+sin2x=(sinx+cosx)^2
    so I'm stuck
    i have tried

    1+2sinxcosx=1-2sin^2x
    and
    1+2sinxcosx=cos2x
    ...
    I need help. Thanks.
    (\sin{x}+\cos{x})^2 = \sin^2{x} + 2\sin{x}\cos{x} + \cos^2{x}

     = \sin^2{x} + \cos^2{x} + 2\sin{x}\cos{x}

     = 1 + \sin{(2x)} because \sin^2{x} + \cos^2{x} = 1 and 2\sin{x}\cos{x} = \sin{(2x)}.



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    Awesome thank you.
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