posted by Dirk .
I need to prove that the following is true. Thanks.
Right Side=(2/cosA)/(1/cosA - 1)
=2/cosA x (cosA)/(1-cosA)
now recall cos 2X = cos^2 X - sin^2 X and we could say
cos A = cos^2 A/2 - sin^2 A/2 and of course sin^2 A/2 + cos^2 A/2=1
so the above 2/(1 - cosA)
=2/[sin^2 A/2 + cos^2 A/2 - (cos^2 A/2 - sin^2 A/2)]
= 2/(2sin^2 A/2)
= csc^2 A/2
= Left Side
Ok, so just using a different form of the double/half-angle formula allowed you to get the sin and therein getting csc.
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