Posted by Lucy on .
How do you work this problem. I cannot find an example in the book to illustrate how to work it.
Find the value of tan(a-b) if cos a=-3/5, sin b=5/13, 90<a<180, and 90<b<180
Thanks for any help
your text should have
tan(a-b) = (tan a - tan b)/(1 + tanatanb)
so you will need tan a and tan b
cos a = -3/5 and a is in the second quadrant, so by sketching a diagram it is easy to see that sin a = 4/5 and
tan a = - 4/3
similarly sin b = 5/13 and b is in quadrant II, so cos b = -12/13 and
tan b = -5/12
=(-4/3 - (5/12))/(1 + (-4/3)(-5/12))