Posted by Katie on Thursday, April 23, 2009 at 7:17pm.
the original problem was:
so far i've gotten to:
Where would I go from here?
Math - Reiny, Friday, April 24, 2009 at 12:49am
you cannot do that!
looks like you factored
sin(3x) - sinx = sinx(sin(2x) - 1)
then sin 90 - sin 30 = sin30(sin60 - 1) Is it???, of course not
we have a formula for sin (3x)
= 3(cos^2 x)(sinx) - sin^3 x
3(cos^2 x)(sinx) - sin^3 x = 1 - 2sin^2 x
replace cos^2 x with 1 - sin^2x, expand and simplify to get
-4sin^3 x + 2sin^2 x + 2sinx - 1 = 0
2sin^2x(-2sinx + 1) -1(-2sinx + 1) = 0
(-2sinx + 1)(2sin^2x - 1) = 0
sinx = 1/2 or sinx = ± 1/√2
x = 30, 150, 45, 135 degrees
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