# Quick FP3 Complex Number QuestionWatch

#1
Could someone please help me with a quick question... I have done 95% of the question but dont get 1 small bit:

We show that cos^5(x) = 1/16(cos5x + 5cos3x + 10cosx) in part 1.
Then they say Hence solve the equation cos5x + 5cos3x + 9cosx = 0 for x between 0 and Pi

So I can see they let 16cos^5(x) = cosx to get from the first equation to the 2nd... therefore cosx = +/- 0.5, and x = Pi/3 and 2Pi/3

But in the mark scheme, there is one more value of x, which they get by saying cosx = 0, so x = Pi/2

How do they get that last value of x? (i.e where do they get cosx = 0 from?)
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8 years ago
#2
16x^5 - x = x(16x^4 - 1) = x(4x^2+1)(2x-1)(2x+1).

Note that x is still a factor, so x = 0 is a solution.
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8 years ago
#3
(Original post by simoncb)
How do they get that last value of x? (i.e where do they get cosx = 0 from?)
I'm guessing you made the mistake of dividing through by ; in doing so you lost the root . For example, if you had you'd factorise to get , you wouldn't just divide through to get because then you lose a root.

So instead of dividing through you need to gather terms on one side and factorise. Then the root becomes a lot more clear.
8 years ago
#4
(Original post by simoncb)
Could someone please help me with a quick question... I have done 95% of the question but dont get 1 small bit:

We show that cos^5(x) = 1/16(cos5x + 5cos3x + 10cosx) in part 1.
Then they say Hence solve the equation cos5x + 5cos3x + 9cosx = 0 for x between 0 and Pi

So I can see they let 16cos^5(x) = cosx to get from the first equation to the 2nd... therefore cosx = +/- 0.5, and x = Pi/3 and 2Pi/3

But in the mark scheme, there is one more value of x, which they get by saying cosx = 0, so x = Pi/2

How do they get that last value of x? (i.e where do they get cosx = 0 from?)
When solving this sort of equation you have to make sure you don't divide through by cosx, as you then lose the solution cosx = 0

When you have 16cos^5x = cosx, this should become 16cos^5x - cosx = 0

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#5
Ah of course... thanks the 3 of you! Silly error really
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