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1. How do you solve trigonometic equations such as secØ=3 where 0<Ø<2pi

I know you use the trigonometric functions where you do the inverse of cos(1/3)
But how do you find out the other value without drawing a graph?
How do you know if you have to take it away from 2pi or just pi, or add it to pi to get the other value? :\
2. Well if and only if , so the set of values of in the range which satisfy the equation is the same in both cases. So you don't need to worry about adding, subtracting, etc... you can just solve the cosine equation.

For what it's worth, though, the same rules apply for sec as for cos. For example , and so . Similarly, ... and so on.
3. You can always sketch out a little graph in the margin or somewhere if it helps you, I do that sometimes
4. (Original post by nuodai)
Well if and only if , so the set of values of in the range which satisfy the equation is the same in both cases. So you don't need to worry about adding, subtracting, etc... you can just solve the cosine equation.

For what it's worth, though, the same rules apply for sec as for cos. For example , and so . Similarly, ... and so on.
Is it the same when its cot too?
5. (Original post by Nkhan)
Is it the same when its cot too?
Yes, except you have to use the rules for .
6. (Original post by nuodai)
Yes, except you have to use the rules for .
Yeap I get it now cheers
Im just gonna use that trig quadrant thing to work em all out

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