Posted by Amy on .
how does sin^2xcos^2x =1
could someone explain or write down steps on how the left side becomes 1?

Math 
Reiny,
I am positive that you meant that to type
sin^2x + cos^2x =1
label a right angled triangle having sides a, b, and c
with c as the hypotenuse and angle Ø opposite side a.
LS = sin^2Ø + cos^2Ø
= (a/c)^2 + (b/c)^2
= (a^2/c^2) + (b^2/c^2)
= (a^2 + b^2)/c^2 , but a^2 + b^2 = c^2 by Pythagoras
so
LS = c^2/c^2
= 1
= RS
(the choice of variable does not matter, you can call your angle Ø or x or whatever) 
Math 
Amy,
the original problem was:
(sin x + cos x)^2 + (sin x  cos x)^2 = 2 
Math 
Reiny,
In that case you expanded it incorrectly, should have been
LS
=(sin x + cos x)^2 + (sin x  cos x)^2
= sin^2x + 2sinxcosx + cos^2x + sin^2x  2sinxcosx + cos^2x
= sin^2x+cos^2x + sin^2x + cos^2x
= 1+1
= 2
= RS