How to evaluate: Sinx - 2sin4x + sin6x
Evaluate and simplify mean two different things: evaluate means 'find the value of', and simplify means 'write in a simpler form'.
We can only evaluate a function of x if we know a particular value or values of x to substitute into the function. So that still doesn't make sense here.
The only way you could simplify an expression like this is to use trig formulae to write it in an alternative form, and hope that you can then write the result more simply. I can think of two possibilities here:
- Use formulae for and in terms of single angles; you'll find the formulae here, for example.
- Re-write as , and then use the formula for each part of the expression.
I have tried both of these approaches, and I can't see that the results are any simpler than the original expression! So unless we have some more information, I can't see how we can proceed further.