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Given sin α = 5 8 , with θ in quadrant I, find cos ( 2 α ) .

cos ( 2 α ) = 7 32

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Using the double-angle formula for cosine without exact values

Use the double-angle formula for cosine to write cos ( 6 x ) in terms of cos ( 3 x ) .

cos ( 6 x ) = cos ( 3 x + 3 x )              = cos 3 x cos 3 x sin 3 x sin 3 x              = cos 2 3 x sin 2 3 x
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Using double-angle formulas to verify identities

Establishing identities using the double-angle formulas is performed using the same steps we used to derive the sum and difference formulas. Choose the more complicated side of the equation and rewrite it until it matches the other side.

Using the double-angle formulas to establish an identity

Establish the following identity using double-angle formulas:

1 + sin ( 2 θ ) = ( sin θ + cos θ ) 2

We will work on the right side of the equal sign and rewrite the expression until it matches the left side.

( sin θ + cos θ ) 2 = sin 2 θ + 2 sin θ cos θ + cos 2 θ                         = ( sin 2 θ + cos 2 θ ) + 2 sin θ cos θ                         = 1 + 2 sin θ cos θ                         = 1 + sin ( 2 θ )
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Establish the identity: cos 4 θ sin 4 θ = cos ( 2 θ ) .

cos 4 θ sin 4 θ = ( cos 2 θ + sin 2 θ ) ( cos 2 θ sin 2 θ ) = cos ( 2 θ )

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Verifying a double-angle identity for tangent

Verify the identity:

tan ( 2 θ ) = 2 cot θ tan θ

In this case, we will work with the left side of the equation and simplify or rewrite until it equals the right side of the equation.

tan ( 2 θ ) = 2 tan θ 1 tan 2 θ Double-angle formula             = 2 tan θ ( 1 tan θ ) ( 1 tan 2 θ ) ( 1 tan θ ) Multiply by a term that results in desired numerator .             = 2 1 tan θ tan 2 θ tan θ             = 2 cot θ tan θ Use reciprocal identity for  1 tan θ .
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Verify the identity: cos ( 2 θ ) cos θ = cos 3 θ cos θ sin 2 θ .

cos ( 2 θ ) cos θ = ( cos 2 θ sin 2 θ ) cos θ = cos 3 θ cos θ sin 2 θ

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Use reduction formulas to simplify an expression

The double-angle formulas can be used to derive the reduction formulas    , which are formulas we can use to reduce the power of a given expression involving even powers of sine or cosine. They allow us to rewrite the even powers of sine or cosine in terms of the first power of cosine. These formulas are especially important in higher-level math courses, calculus in particular. Also called the power-reducing formulas, three identities are included and are easily derived from the double-angle formulas.

We can use two of the three double-angle formulas for cosine to derive the reduction formulas for sine and cosine. Let’s begin with cos ( 2 θ ) = 1 2 sin 2 θ . Solve for sin 2 θ :

cos ( 2 θ ) = 1 2 sin 2 θ   2 sin 2 θ = 1 cos ( 2 θ )     sin 2 θ = 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 2

Next, we use the formula cos ( 2 θ ) = 2 cos 2 θ 1. Solve for cos 2 θ :

        cos ( 2 θ ) = 2 cos 2 θ 1   1 + cos ( 2 θ ) = 2 cos 2 θ 1 + cos ( 2 θ ) 2 = cos 2 θ

The last reduction formula is derived by writing tangent in terms of sine and cosine:

tan 2 θ = sin 2 θ cos 2 θ           = 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 2 1 + cos ( 2 θ ) 2 Substitute the reduction formulas.           = ( 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 2 ) ( 2 1 + cos ( 2 θ ) )           = 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 1 + cos ( 2 θ )

Reduction formulas

The reduction formulas    are summarized as follows:

sin 2 θ = 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 2
cos 2 θ = 1 + cos ( 2 θ ) 2
tan 2 θ = 1 cos ( 2 θ ) 1 + cos ( 2 θ )

Writing an equivalent expression not containing powers greater than 1

Write an equivalent expression for cos 4 x that does not involve any powers of sine or cosine greater than 1.

We will apply the reduction formula for cosine twice.

cos 4 x = ( cos 2 x ) 2            = ( 1 + cos ( 2 x ) 2 ) 2 Substitute reduction formula for cos 2 x .            = 1 4 ( 1 + 2 cos ( 2 x ) + cos 2 ( 2 x ) )            = 1 4 + 1 2 cos ( 2 x ) + 1 4 ( 1 + cos 2 ( 2 x ) 2 )  Substitute reduction formula for cos 2 x .            = 1 4 + 1 2 cos ( 2 x ) + 1 8 + 1 8 cos ( 4 x )            = 3 8 + 1 2 cos ( 2 x ) + 1 8 cos ( 4 x )
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Questions & Answers

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Sharon Reply
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Conney Reply
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Seid
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Spiro
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Abena Reply
For the first question, I got (3y-2)/15 Second one, I got Root 2 Third one, I got 1/(y to the fourth power) I dont if it's right cause I can barely understand the question.
Is under distribute property, inverse function, algebra and addition and multiplication function; so is a combined question
Abena
find the equation of the line if m=3, and b=-2
Ashley Reply
graph the following linear equation using intercepts method. 2x+y=4
Ashley
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Wargod
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John
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UriEl
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UriEl
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UriEl
also for the first one... y=mx+b so.... y=3x-2
UriEl
y=mx+b you were already given the 'm' and 'b'. so.. y=3x-2
Tommy
Please were did you get y=mx+b from
Abena
y=mx+b is the formula of a straight line. where m = the slope & b = where the line crosses the y-axis. In this case, being that the "m" and "b", are given, all you have to do is plug them into the formula to complete the equation.
Tommy
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Nimo
0=3x-2 2=3x x=3/2 then . y=3/2X-2 I think
Given
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neil
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Spiro
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Ahlicia Reply
I've run into this: x = r*cos(angle1 + angle2) Which expands to: x = r(cos(angle1)*cos(angle2) - sin(angle1)*sin(angle2)) The r value confuses me here, because distributing it makes: (r*cos(angle2))(cos(angle1) - (r*sin(angle2))(sin(angle1)) How does this make sense? Why does the r distribute once
Carlos Reply
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abdikarin
this is an identity when 2 adding two angles within a cosine. it's called the cosine sum formula. there is also a different formula when cosine has an angle minus another angle it's called the sum and difference formulas and they are under any list of trig identities
Brad
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carlmark
consider r(a+b) = ra + rb. The a and b are the trig identity.
Mike
How can you tell what type of parent function a graph is ?
Mary Reply
generally by how the graph looks and understanding what the base parent functions look like and perform on a graph
William
if you have a graphed line, you can have an idea by how the directions of the line turns, i.e. negative, positive, zero
William
y=x will obviously be a straight line with a zero slope
William
y=x^2 will have a parabolic line opening to positive infinity on both sides of the y axis vice versa with y=-x^2 you'll have both ends of the parabolic line pointing downward heading to negative infinity on both sides of the y axis
William
y=x will be a straight line, but it will have a slope of one. Remember, if y=1 then x=1, so for every unit you rise you move over positively one unit. To get a straight line with a slope of 0, set y=1 or any integer.
Aaron
yes, correction on my end, I meant slope of 1 instead of slope of 0
William
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Karim Reply
I don't understand
Joe
Typically a function 'f' will take 'x' as input, and produce 'y' as output. As 'f(x)=y'. According to Google, "The range of a function is the complete set of all possible resulting values of the dependent variable (y, usually), after we have substituted the domain."
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Thomas
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Thomas
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