Posted by **Anonymous** on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 11:27pm.

Find all solutions of cos 2x + √2/2 =0.

a) + or - 3/8pi +Kpi

b) 2/3pi + Kpi, 5/3pi + Kpi

c) + or - 2/5 +Kpi

d) 2/3 pi + 2Kpi, 5/3pi + 2Kpi

I really need help on this question :(

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**Reiny**, Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 4:56am
cos 2x + √2/2 =0

cos 2x = -√2/2

I know cos π/4 = √2/2 or cos 45° = +√2/2

but 2x could be in II or III

2x = π-π/4 or 2x = π + π/4

2x = 3π/4 or 2x = 5π/4

x = 3π/8 or x = 5π/8 ---> 67.5° or 112.5°

but the period of cos 2x = π

so adding/subtraction multiples of π to an answer will yield more answers

general solution

x = 3π/8 + kπ, x = 5π/8 + kπ

a) fits the first of my solutions, but does not include the 2nd part of the solution

the others are not correct.

BTW, you can illustrate my 2nd solution, which they don't have, on a calculator

e.g. let x = 112.5° + 17(180)° = 3172.5

LS = cos 2(3172.5) + √2/2

= -.707106781 + .707106781

= 0

= RS

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