Calculus

differentiate:
y=sin^2(x)- cos^2(x)

I have this:
y'= 2cosx + 2sinx
What do i do next??

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  1. Ahhh, you might recognize that
    cos^2 x - sin^2 x = cos 2x

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

    dy/dx = 2sin 2x or 4sinxcosx

    If you don't see that identity right away, then

    dy/dx = 2(sinx)cosx - 2cosx(-sinx)
    = 4sinxcosx or 2sin(2x)

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  2. Oh! Thank you so much! I completely forget about the double angle identity!!! :)
    THANKS!!!

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