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    Senior Member Twig's Avatar
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    Trig equation

    Hi

     cos(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot cos(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta)

    How do I solve these now again?

    Thx!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twig View Post
    Hi

     cos(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot cos(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta)

    How do I solve these now again?

    Thx!
    use this

    cos(A+B)=cosAcosB-sinAsinB
    and

    cos(A-B)=cosAcosB+sinAsinB
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    cos(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot cos(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta)

    Compound Angle Formula

    cos\frac{\pi}{4}cos\theta-sin\frac{\pi}{4}sin\theta=\frac{1}{2}(cos\frac{\pi  }{4}cos\theta+sin\frac{\pi}{4}sin\theta

    \frac{cos\theta}{\sqrt{2}}-\frac{sin\theta}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{1}{2}(<br />
\frac{cos\theta}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{sin\theta}{\sqrt{  2}})

    *\sqrt{2}: cos\theta-sin\theta=\frac{1}{2}(cos\theta+sin\theta)
    *2: 2cos\theta-2sin\theta=cos\theta+sin\theta
          cos\theta-3sin\theta=0
          cos\theta=3sin\theta
          cos^2\theta=9sin^2\theta
          1=10sin^2\theta
          \sqrt{\frac{1}{10}}=sin\theta

    Solve from there. I'm sleepy
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    thx

    oh of course!

    Thanks alot!
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    Hi I-Think

    I belive the easiest approach after writing out the compound angle formulas are:  tan(\theta)=\frac{1}{3}
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    Quote Originally Posted by I-Think View Post
    cos(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot cos(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta)

    Compound Angle Formula

    cos\frac{\pi}{4}cos\theta-sin\frac{\pi}{4}sin\theta=\frac{1}{2}(cos\frac{\pi  }{4}cos\theta+sin\frac{\pi}{4}sin\theta


    \frac{cos\theta}{\sqrt{2}}-\frac{sin\theta}{\sqrt{2}}=\frac{1}{2}(<br />
\frac{cos\theta}{\sqrt{2}}+\frac{sin\theta}{\sqrt{  2}})

    *\sqrt{2}: cos\theta-sin\theta=\frac{1}{2}(cos\theta+sin\theta)

    *2: 2cos\theta-2sin\theta=cos\theta+sin\theta


          cos\theta-3sin\theta=0


          cos\theta=3sin\theta


          cos^2\theta=9sin^2\theta


          1=10sin^2\theta


          \sqrt{\frac{1}{10}}=sin\theta

    Solve from there. I'm sleepy
    make spaces between [tex][/ math] and the [tex][/ math] that makes it easy to read
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    A slightly different approach :
    Quote Originally Posted by Twig View Post
     cos(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot cos(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta)

    How do I solve these now again?
    As \cos\left(\frac{\pi}{4}-\theta\right)=\sin\left(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta\right  ), the above equation can be written \tan\left(\frac{\pi}{4}+\theta\right)=2. Expanding the left hand side gives us
     \frac{\tan\frac{\pi}{4}+\tan\theta}{1-\tan\frac{\pi}{4}\cdot \tan\theta}=2\Longleftrightarrow \frac{1+\tan\theta}{1-1\cdot \tan\theta}=2\Longleftrightarrow 1+\tan \theta=2-2\tan \theta.
    Thus  \tan \theta=1/3...
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