Quote Originally Posted by Freaky-Person View Post
They're not. We have some identites but not these ones. All we have is 8 of the easiest ones. Anything multiplied or divided by two, or even associated with the angles is in the AP or Pre-calculus course. This is Canada for you...
Some of these are relatively trivial results of the sum and difference identities:

\cos(A+B)=\cos(A)\cos(B)-\sin(A)\sin(B)

Put A=B:

\cos(2A)=\cos^2(A)-\sin^2(A)

then using Pythagoras's theorem in the form:

\cos^2(x)+\sin^2(x)=1

we get:

\cos(2A)=2\cos^2(A)-1

and

\cos(2A)=1-2\sin^2(A)

and by putting a=2A


\cos(a)=2\cos^2(a/2)-1

and

\cos(a)=1-2\sin^2(a/2)

RonL