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Prove the identity: cos^4(x)-sin^4(x)=1-2sin^2(x).with explanation

im confused on this one cause of the 4th power of the sine. does this mean that we put it in the calculator 4 times? and what exactly does it mean by prove the identity- does it mean like make sure both sides equal each other?

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cos ^ 4( x ) - sin ^ 4 ( x ) =

[ cos ^ 2 ( x ) ] ^ 2 - [ sin ^ 2 ( x ) ] ^ 2 =

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Remark:

a ^ 2 - b ^ 2 = ( a + b ) * ( a - b )

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= [ cos ^ 2 ( x ) + sin ^ 2 ( x ) ] *

[ cos ^ 2 ( x ) - sin ^ 2 ( x ) ] =

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Remark:

cos ^ 2 ( x ) + sin ^ 2 ( x ) = 1
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= 1 * [ cos ^ 2 ( x ) - sin ^ 2 ( x ) ] =

cos ^ 2 ( x ) - sin ^ 2 ( x ) =

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Remark:

cos ^ 2 ( x ) = 1 - sin ^ 2 ( x )
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= 1 - sin ^ 2 ( x ) - sin ^ 2 ( x ) =

1 - 2 sin ^ 2 ( x )

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