Posted by **Hannah** on Monday, March 29, 2010 at 9:38pm.

Find the exact value of the trigonometric function given that

sin u = 5/13 and cos = -3/5

1) sin(u-v)

My teacher said to make two right triangles and then find the missing parts by the pyth theorem.

For the 5/13 triangle I got 12 and the other triangle I got 4. I do not know what to do now.

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**Reiny**, Monday, March 29, 2010 at 10:41pm
so the angle u could be in quadrant I inside a 5:12:13 triangle, with 13 as the hypotenuse,

so cos u = 12/13

angle v could be in quadrants II or III and are inside the 3:4:5 triangle , with 5 the hypotenuse, so

sin v = 4/5

draw the triangle in quadrant II with those dimensions

You must by now have learned that

sin(A-B) = sinAcosB - cosAsinB

then sin(u-v) = sinucosv - cosusinv

= (5/13)(-3/5) - (12/13)(4/5) = -63/65

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**Hannah**, Monday, March 29, 2010 at 11:03pm
Thank You

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