If Sin[x] + Sin[x]^2 + Sin[x]^3 == 1
Find Cos[x]^6 + 4 Cos[x]^4 + 8 Cos[x]^2
Any help/solution would be appreciated.
I disagree. This is a continuous function which takes the value 0 at 0 and takes the value 3 at pi/2. So there is certainly some point between 0 and pi/2 where it is 1. It's somewhere between 30 and 36 degrees in fact.
Factorise the LHS as sin(x)(1+sin^2(x)) + sin^2(x))
Then you can get replace the sin^2 terms with 1-cos^2(x) and rearrange so that the remain sin(x) term is on its own. Then square and make the same subsitution. Now you have got rid of all the sin(x) terms and only have cos(x) terms left. Presumably after some messing about you can find the required function of cos(x).
shows 2 possible answers, both of which when plugged into the equation that was to be solved gave an irrational answer. The options for the answer were integers I'm sure (don't remember).
Further to my last post the angle, which is slightly under 33 degrees (you could find an exact expression by solving the cubic in cos^2(x) given by the final line above) is very close to, but not the same as, the angle at which
and also to the angle at which
but all three are different angles. There is less than 1/4 of a degree between the smallest and largest of these angles.