# Small angle approximation helpWatch

#1
I've got no idea how to do this - how do you find the small angle approximation of cos^2 x?
I know the small angle approximation of cos x is 1 - (x^2)/2 , but don't know how to get from that to this.
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3 weeks ago
#2
Cos^2x is the same as (cosx)^2, does this help?
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#3
(Original post by Tgm11801)
Cos^2x is the same as (cosx)^2, does this help?
I know that - I just don't know how to square 1 - (x^2)/2 properly.
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3 weeks ago
#4
Just use the FOIL method or whatever method you would usually use to expand 2 brackets
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3 weeks ago
#5
(Original post by nootnoot12001)
I know that - I just don't know how to square 1 - (x^2)/2 properly.
As above, you can just use FOIL to square it... or even use the grid method, whatever works for you.

Though note that since is small and you ignore powers of it greater than 2, it means you can ignore the term.
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