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    cot^2x - tan^2x = 4cot2x cosec2x

    proof LHS = RHS

    can anyone do this?
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    cot^2x - tan^2x = 4cot2x cosec2x

    proof LHS = RHS

    can anyone do this?
    cot2x = (1 - tan^2 x)/2tanx
    cosec2x = 1/(2sinx cosx)
    LHS = 4cot2x cosec2x = (1-tan^2 x)/(sinx cosx tanx) = (1 - tan^2 x)/sin^2 x = cosec^2 x - sec^2 x
    cosec^2 x = 1 + cot^2 x
    sec^2 x = 1 + tan^2 x
    so cosec^2 x - sec^2 x = 1 + cot^2 x - 1 - tan^2 x = cot^2 x - tan^2 x = RHS
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    cot^2x - tan^2x = 4cot2x cosec2x

    proof LHS = RHS

    can anyone do this?
    4cot2xcosec2x = 4(1-tan^2x/2tanx)(1/2sinxcosx)
    = (sec^2x/tanx)(1/sinxcosx) = sec^2x/tanxsinxcosx = sec^2x/sin^2x
    = 1/sin^2xcos^2x = sin^2x+cos^2x/sin^2xcos^2x
    = sin^2x/cos^2x + cos^2x/sin^2x = tan^2x + cot^2x

    Hmm...

    EDIT: Nope, 1-tan^2x is not sec^2x.
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    4cot(2x) cosec(2x)
    = 4cos(2x) / sin^2(2x)
    = [cos^2(x) - sin^2(x)] / [sin^2(x) cos^2(x)]
    = cosec^2(x) - sec^2(x)
    = [1 + cot^2(x)] - [1 + tan^2(x)]
    = cot^2(x) - tan^2(x).
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    (Original post by Jonny W)
    4cot(2x) cosec(2x)
    = 4cos(2x) / sin^2(2x)
    = [cos^2(x) - sin^2(x)] / [sin^2(x) cos^2(x)]
    = cosec^2(x) - sec^2(x)
    = [1 + cot^2(x)] - [1 + tan^2(x)]
    = cot^2(x) - tan^2(x).
    ahh ok thanks guys:

    ps i hate all trig p2 questions it takes me longer to do than any other parts
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    ahh ok thanks guys:

    ps i hate all trig p2 questions it takes me longer to do than any other parts
    Once you do a few and get good at them you'll enjoy unravelling them.
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    ...ps i hate all trig p2 questions it takes me longer to do than any other parts
    The best advice I ever got was to always get rid of the double angles first. Its a lot harder to work towards double angles.
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    (Original post by JaF)
    The best advice I eer got was to alwats get rid of the double angles first. Its a lot harder to work towards double angles.
    Yeah you need to decide which side is the most complicated and try and simplify it.
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    ahh ok thanks guys:

    ps i hate all trig p2 questions it takes me longer to do than any other parts
    Write both sides in terms of powers of sin(x) and cos(x) only. Then if necessary use sin^2 + cos^2 = 1.
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    yea i think i have to do trig questions all day tommorow lol thats how **** i am at it, i get one in two of them wrong or cant do it at all
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    (Original post by TheWolf)
    yea i think i have to do trig questions all day tommorow lol thats how **** i am at it, i get one in two of them wrong or cant do it at all
    After *attempting* unsuccessfully to do the question you posted, i have realised i can't do trig either.
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    (Original post by Jonny W)
    4cot(2x) cosec(2x)
    = 4cos(2x) / sin^2(2x)
    = [cos^2(x) - sin^2(x)] / [sin^2(x) cos^2(x)]
    = cosec^2(x) - sec^2(x)
    = [1 + cot^2(x)] - [1 + tan^2(x)]
    = cot^2(x) - tan^2(x).
    Does sin^2(2x) = sin^2(x)cos^2(x) ?

    Which rule is that? :confused:
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    (Original post by Silly Sally)
    Does sin^2(2x) = sin^2(x)cos^2(x) ?

    Which rule is that? :confused:
    sin^2(2x) = (sin2x)^2 = (2sinxcosx)^2 = 4sin^2xcos^2x, the 4 is cancelled by the 4 outside.
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    (Original post by ZJuwelH)
    sin^2(2x) = (sin2x)^2 = (2sinxcosx)^2 = 4sin^2xcos^2x, the 4 is cancelled by the 4 outside.
    AHHHH!!! Thanks!!! All unconfuddled now!!!
 
 
 
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