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determine the exact value for sin[cos^-1(4/5)] if XE [0,2pi]

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    cos^-1(4/5)
    tells me the angle is in either I or IV, since the cosine is positive in the first and fourth quadrants.

    make a sketch in the first quadrant, right-angled triangle with hypotenuse 5 and base of 4 (r=5, x=4)
    by Pythagoras the other side is 3, or y=3

    so in the first quadrant sin[cos^-1(4/5)] = 3/5
    and in the fourth quadrant sin[cos^-1(4/5)] = -3/5

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    OK great! thank you so much

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