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Homework Help: maths

Posted by elle on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 at 5:39am.

hey, i would really appreciate some help solving for x when:
sin2x=cosx


Use the identity sin 2A = 2sinAcosA
so:
sin 2x = cos x
2sinxcosx - cosx = 0
cosx(2sinx - 1)=0
cosx = 0 or 2sinx=1, yielding sinx=1/2

from cosx=0 and by looking at the cosine graph, we conclude that x=pi/2 or 3pi/2 (90 and 270)

from sinx = 1/2 and knowing that the sine is positive in the first and second quadrants, we conclude that x = pi/6 or 5pi/6 (30 and 150)

those are the solutions in the domain 0 ≤ x ≤ 2pi,
if you want a general solution, add 2(k)pi to each of the four solutions I gave you, where k is an integer.

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