Posted by **sqleung** on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 1:52am.

Solve for x (exact solutions):

sin x - sin 3x + sin 5x = 0

-¦Ð ¡Ü x ¡Ü 0

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Now, using my graphics calculator, I discovered that the following equation has 5 solutions. I have managed to come up with 3 of them but I'm having trouble finding the other 2. My 3 answers are:

0, -¦Ð/6, -5¦Ð/6

I need the answers to be EXACT like above so any help would be appreciated. Thankyou.

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**drwls**, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:25am
I answered this question two days ago. Once of the answers is of course x = 0. For the others, I substitued indentities for sin 3x and sin 5x in terms of sin x, and ended up with a factorable equation for sin x. This leads to exact equations for arcsin in terms of fractions.

I am not able to read your terms -¦Ð/6 and -5¦Ð/6

If I can find my original answer, I will post a link to it below

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**drwls**, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 7:46am
OK, I found my original answer at

http://www.jiskha.com/display.cgi?id=1204243109

and it has two mistakes, a missing exponent and an incorrect sign. I should have ended up with the equation

3sinx - 16 sin^3x + 16sin^5x = 0

which factors to

sinx (3 - 16sin^2x + 16sin^4x) = 0

sinx (4sin^2x-3)(4sin^2x -1) = 0

Thge roots, besides x=0, are:

sin^2x = 1/4

sin x = +/-sqrt(1/2)

and

sin^2 = (3/4)

sin x = +/-(sqrt3)/2

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**drwls**, Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 10:31am
Any positive or negative integral multiple of 30 degrees (x=pi/6), including 0 degrees, satisfies the equation.

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