April 20, 2014

Homework Help: Trigonometry

Posted by Dirk on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 at 10:18pm.

I need to prove that the following is true. Thanks.


Right Side=(2/cosA)/(1/cosA - 1)
= (2/cosA)/[(1-cosA)/cosA]
=2/cosA x (cosA)/(1-cosA)

now recall cos 2X = cos^2 X - sin^2 X and we could say
cos A = cos^2 A/2 - sin^2 A/2 and of course sin^2 A/2 + cos^2 A/2=1

so the above 2/(1 - cosA)
=2/[sin^2 A/2 + cos^2 A/2 - (cos^2 A/2 - sin^2 A/2)]
= 2/(2sin^2 A/2)
= csc^2 A/2
= Left Side

Ok, so just using a different form of the double/half-angle formula allowed you to get the sin and therein getting csc.

Thanks Reiny! For a detailed how to and detailed steps. I will be using this service in the future. Thanks again.

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