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Homework Help: Trigonometry

Posted by Veronica on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at 1:35pm.

Okay, I have been given a trigonometric equation to solve (sin^2(theta) + cos(theta) = 2). So far, I have been able to use the Pythagorean identity to get (-cos^2(theta) + cos(theta) - 1 = 0), which I then multiplied by -1 on both sides to get: (cos^2(theta) - cos(theta) + 1 = 0). But, now I am stuck. I cannot figure out how to factor this equation from here. Does this equation have no solutions, or am I missing something?

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