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## #1 2005-07-22 10:38:42

GurraTedden
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Registered: 2005-07-20
Posts: 19

### equations, equations...

This suddenly felt impossible:
How do I transform these three equations...

(1): xz=bc
(2): cos(y) + xsin(y)=0
(3): zsin(y) + xzcos(y) - c(a+b)=0
(three unknown x,y,z with three equations, always solvable right!? But i only want to solve this for x!!!)
(I've looked it through carefully, so it shouldn't be any errors in there)

...to either of these too:
, version2: x=tan(arcsin(b/(a+b))

This is how far I've got:
(1) can be rewritten to: x=bc/z            , new(4)
(2)        -"-                : x=cos(y)/sin(y)              , new(5)
(3)        -"-                : z=c(a+b)/(sin(y)+xcos(y))             ,new(6)

(6) in (4) --> x=b(sin(y)+xcos(y))/(a+b)               , new(7)
(5) in (7) --> cos(y)/sin(y)=b(sin(y)+cos²(y)/sin(y))/(a+b) --> [multiplying both sides with sin(y)] cos(y)=b/(b+c)

So, finally: I'm getting y=arccos(b/(a+b)), BUT HOW DO I PROCEED... It's a dead end. I don't know what more to do...
Maybe you do?

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## #2 2005-07-22 10:49:33

GurraTedden
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Registered: 2005-07-20
Posts: 19

### Re: equations, equations...

CORRECTION: eq(2) should be: cos(y) - xsin(y)=0!

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## #3 2005-07-22 16:55:44

ganesh
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Registered: 2005-06-28
Posts: 21,812

### Re: equations, equations...

GurraTedden wrote:

(three unknown x,y,z with three equations, always solvable right!? But i only want to solve this for x!!!)

There are actually six variables...x,y,z,a,b,c

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## #4 2005-07-22 19:01:25

mathsyperson
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Registered: 2005-06-22
Posts: 4,900

### Re: equations, equations...

Yes, but he can measure a, b and c, so he wants to make x the subject of an equation involving just those.

Why did the vector cross the road?
It wanted to be normal.

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