Precalculus
posted by Jess .
How would you solve this trig function:
cos2x=sin^22
how do you know what trig identities to use?

cos 2x = cos^2 x  sin^2 x identity
so we really have
cos^2 x  sin^2 x = sin^2 x  2
cos^2 x = 2 (sin^2 x1)
but sin^2 x = 1  cos^2 x
so we have
cos^2 x = 2 (cos^2 x)
or
3 cos^2 x = 0
well cos of Pi/2 (90deg) or 3 pi/2 (270 deg) = 0 
1  2sin^2x = sin^2x 2
3 sin^2x = 3
sin^2x = 1
sinx = +1 or 1
x = pi/2 or 3 pi/2 
oh i get it.... how do you know what identities to use? did you memorize them?

The only ones I have memorized are
cos 2x = cos^2x  sin^2 x
sin 2x = 2 sinx cosx,
and cos^x + sin^2 x = 1.
I have an old book with many others that I keep handy.