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use the sum and difference identities to find the cosine angle

cos pi/9 cos pi/3 - sin pi/9 sin pi/3

I do not know how to solve this because pi/9 is not on the unit circle.

  • Math - ,

    but it gave you a hint, ...
    cos(A+B) = cosAcosB - sinAsinB

    does the right side not follow the pattern of your question?

    so ...
    cos pi/9 cos pi/3 - sin pi/9 sin pi/3
    = cos(pi/9 + pi/3)
    = cos(4pi/9)

    You are right, 4pi/9 radians, or 80 degrees, is not one of the standard angles on the unit circle, nor is it obtainable using combinations of our standard angles.

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