Posted by Abbey on Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 10:34am.
solve for x in the following equations:
1) sin(arcsin x) = 1
2) 2arcsin x = 1
3) cos(arccos x) = 1/3

trig  Reiny, Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 10:57am
think of the definition of inverse trig functions
arcsin x is the angle Ø so that sinØ = x
so let arcsin x = Ø
then we have sin Ø = 1
so if sinØ = 1 and sinØ = x
x = 1
(we could see that right away since something like sin(arcsin 30°) = 30° )
2.
2 arcsin x = 1
arcsin x = 1/2
I know that sin π/6 = 1/2 or sin 30° = 1/2
so x = π/6 ( or 5π/6 , since the sine is also positive in quadrant II )
3. Just like in #1, x = 1/3

trig  Abbey, Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 11:04am
Okay thank you for the help on one and three. In my book for number two it says the answer is sin1/2 which is approx. 0.479. I'm not sure how that answer comes about.

correction  trig  Reiny, Sunday, January 8, 2012 at 11:12am
My apologies
I solved as if it were 2sin x = 1
Don't know how I missed the "arc" since the whole question deals with it.
Anyway:
2 arcsinx = 1
arcsin x = 1/2
which by definition means
x = sin 1/2
so set your calculator to radians, and take sin .5
you will get .479...
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