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    solving trigo equation

    5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin \theta = a + b cos (2\theta + y)
    Find a , b and y.


    what i tried to do is:
    5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin \theta
    =5(cos 2\theta + sin^2 \theta)+ 6(2 cos \theta sin \theta)
    =5sin^2 \theta + 5 cos 2\theta + 6sin2\theta
    =5sin^2 \theta + \sqrt{61} cos (2\theta-50.2^\circ)


    then....stuck....is a= 5sin^2 \theta ?
    or it can be further simplified/manipulated??
    a= 5sin^2 \theta doesn't seem to be the final answer.....
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    The question asks you to write 5\cos^2\theta+12\cos\theta\sin\theta in terms of 2\theta. So I would start by using the formulas \cos^2\theta = \tfrac12(1+\cos(2\theta)) and 2\cos\theta\sin\theta = \sin(2\theta). That gives

    5\cos^2\theta+12\cos\theta\sin\theta = \tfrac52(1+\cos(2\theta)) + 6\sin(2\theta). Next step would be to write this as \tfrac52 + \tfrac{13}2\bigl(\tfrac5{13}\cos(2\theta) + \tfrac{12}{13}\sin(2\theta)\bigr). Can you see why, and how to take it from there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by wintersoltice View Post
    5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin \theta = a + b cos (2\theta + y)
    Find a and b.
    Hence, solve 5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin \theta = 0.

    what i tried to do is:
    5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin \theta
    =5(cos 2\theta + sin^2 \theta)+ 6(2 cos \theta sin \theta)
    =5sin^2 \theta + 5 cos 2\theta + 6sin2\theta
    =5sin^2 \theta + \sqrt{61} cos (2\theta-50.2^\circ)
    Hi

    5 \cos^2 \theta + 12 \cos \theta sin \theta = a + b \cos (2\theta + y)

    \int_{0}^{\pi}(5 \cos^2 \theta + 12 \cos \theta \sin \theta) d \theta = \int_{0}^{\pi}(a + b \cos (2\theta + y)) d \theta

    \int_{0}^{\pi}(5 \frac{\cos 2\theta +1}{2} + 6 \sin 2\theta) d \theta = \int_{0}^{\pi}(a + b \cos (2\theta + y)) d \theta

    \frac{5}{2} \pi  = a \pi

    a = \frac{5}{2}

    5 \cos^2 \theta -\frac{5}{2} + 12 \cos \theta \sin \theta = b \cos (2\theta + y)

    To find b substitute 5 \cos^2 \theta -\frac{5}{2} = \frac{5}{2} \cos 2\theta and 12 \cos \theta \sin \theta = 6 \sin 2\theta
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    i see .....

    so....

    5cos^2 \theta + 12 cos \theta sin\theta

    =\frac{5}{2}(1+cos2\theta) + 6 sin 2\theta

    =\frac{5}{2} + \frac{5}{2}cos2\theta + 6 sin2\theta

    =\frac{5}{2} + \frac{13}{2} cos (2\theta - 67.4degree)

    so..... a=\frac{5}{2} , b=\frac{13}{2} , y=-67.4degree

    thanks
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