posted by Dee on .
Find the exact value of tan(a-b)
sin a = 4/5, -3pi/2<a<-pi;
tan b = -sqrt2, pi/2<b<pi
identity used is:
tan(a-b)=(tan a-tan b)/1+tan a tan b
simplify answer using radicals.
(a is alpha, b is beta)
Both the sine and cosine curves are the same for
-3pi/2<a<-pi as they are for π/2<a<π (2nd quad)
so if sina = 4/5, then cosa = -3/5
and tana = -4/3
= (tana - tanb)/(1 + tanatanb)
= ((-4/3) - (-√2))/( 1 + (-4/3)(-√2))
= (√2 - 4/3)/(1 + 4√2/3)
= (3√2 - 4)/(3 + 4√2)
I don't know if you have to rationalize that, if you do carefully multiply top and bottom by (3 - 4√2)
I put that in but it said the answer was
any idea how that works?
That is exactly what my answer works out to if you rationalize it.
I had suggested to do that.
8 cot(A) − 8/
1 + tan(−A)