Posted by Hannah on Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:10pm.
Trig - Reiny, Monday, May 6, 2013 at 10:42pm
let tan^-1 (3/4) = A and let cos^-1 (9/41) = B
= cos(A + B)
= cosA cosB - sinA sinB
IF tan^-1 (3/4) = A
then tanA = 3/4
---> sinA = 3/5 and cosA = 4/5, recognize the 3-4-5 right angled triangle
if cos^-1 (9/41) = B
then cosB = 9/41
---> x^2 + y^2 = r^2
81 + y^2 = 1681
y^2 = 1600
y = √1600 = 40 and thus sinB = 40/41
so back to
cosA cosB - sinA sinB
= (4/5)(9/41) - (3/5)(40/41) = -84/205
( I tested my answer with my calculator, it is correct)
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