Math - Solving Trig Equations
posted by Anonymous on .
Solve each equation for o is less than and/or equal to theta is less than and/or equal to 360
sin^2x = 1 = cos^2x
cos^2x - cos^2x = 0
0 = 0
90 and 270
Btw, how would you isolate for cos^2x = 0? Would it be...
x = cos^-1 square root of _____ ?
Should this be...
sin^2x - 1 = cos^2x ??
Your equation has two equal signs.
Yeah it should be, sorry for the typo
Hmm... that's tricky. I solved it one way (similar to your method), and it didn't work. Anyway, this works...
(1) Subtract the cos^2(x) from both sides.
(2) Substitute "1 - sin^2(x)" in for cos^2(x). That comes from the #1 Identity: sin^2(x) + cos^2(x) = 1.
(3) Simplify and factor.
You should get the right answer that way. Let me know if you run into any problems.