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1. Hey,

My maths teacher has told us to try and learn this over Easter, but I don't really understand it, she told us to go through these questions:

But in 10.5, I don't understand how you can get an equation with only one trigonometrical function, so how do they get rid of sin?

What is this called, are there any YouTube video tutorials on it?

Apart from that, I think I understand everything else.

Thanks!
2. sine and cosine can be substituted with a form of each other via the Pythagorean Identity (a trig identity):

In other words:

3. (Original post by LewisL)

But in 10.5, I don't understand how you can get an equation with only one trigonometrical function, so how do they get rid of sin?
They used the fact that
4. Sin^2theta + cos^2theta = 1
Rearrange that to get what you need, you'll be doing this alot.
In this case, you make the equation equal to sin^2theta by putting cos on the other side.
5. Use Examsolutions for trigonometry, it helps a lot.
6. Brilliant! Thanks everyone, I understand that now

One more thing though, at the end when it says cos(theta) = 1/2 therefore (theta) = 60, how do I know to use inverse cos to get 60?

I don't really know when to use inverse for anything, I tried using cos at first for this until I realised the answer must be inverse as I was way out!
7. (Original post by LewisL)
Brilliant! Thanks everyone, I understand that now

One more thing though, at the end when it says cos(theta) = 1/2 therefore (theta) = 60, how do I know to use inverse cos to get 60?

I don't really know when to use inverse for anything, I tried using cos at first for this until I realised the answer must be inverse as I was way out!
Are you serious?

You are doing A Level Maths and you do not know how to solve

If you know what the cos is ... you have to find the angle ... we are talking some basic GCSE stuff here
8. (Original post by TenOfThem)
Are you serious?

You are doing A Level Maths and you do not know how to solve

If you know what the cos is ... you have to find the angle ... we are talking some basic GCSE stuff here
Yeah, I only got a B for GCSE.

Haha, I remember now though, thank you!
9. Okay, my teacher wasn't in today, so I still haven't had a lesson on this.

Can someone help me with this question:

(4)

So for example, part (iii), my friend told me that you effectively rearrange it, so x is on it's own and then do inverse sin of the number, and I get -60, he then said you have to minus it from the nearest 90 degree's or something, he wasn't completely sure himself though, as he only learnt this from his tutor.

But anyway, the answers are 240 and 300. I'm guessing you minus 60 from 360, and then do it again or something, but I'm not sure why, can someone explain it to me please

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