1. ## Trig Proof

Required to Prove the following trig identity:

(cos2x)^2 + (sin2x)^2 = 1

2. Originally Posted by skeske1234
Required to Prove the following trig identity:

(cos2x)^2 + (sin2x)^2 = 1

$\cos^2(2x) = (\cos^2{x}-\sin^2{x})^2 = \cos^4{x} - 2\sin^2{x}\cos^2{x} + \sin^4{x}$

$\sin^2(2x) = (2\sin{x}\cos{x})^2 = 4\sin^2{x}\cos^2{x}$

$\cos^4{x} + 2\sin^2{x}\cos^2{x} + \sin^4{x} = (\cos^2{x} + \sin^2{x})^2 = (1)^2 = 1$

3. (I don't know if you can prove it this way.)

Draw a unit circle. Plot a point P(x, y) on the unit circle. Drop a perpendicular from point P to the x-axis. You formed a right triangle. Then
$\cos \theta = \frac{\text{adj}}{\text{hyp}} = \frac{x}{1} = x$
and
$\sin \theta = \frac{\text{opp}}{\text{hyp}} = \frac{y}{1} = y$

According to the Pythagorean theorem,
$x^2 + y^2 = 1$,
so plug in $\cos \theta$ for x and $\sin \theta$ for y and you get
$\cos^2 \theta + \sin^2 \theta = 1$.

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EDIT: Wow, I completely misread the problem. Didn't see the 2 in front of the x.

4. Originally Posted by skeske1234
Required to Prove the following trig identity:

(cos2x)^2 + (sin2x)^2 = 1
I don't know why everybody is making this problem complicated.

Set $y=2x$. Then

$(\cos2x)^2 + (\sin2x)^2 = \cos^2y+\sin^2y =1$

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