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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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How can I derive sum and difference identities of sine and cosine using trigonometry?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi {7/3}

Start with the compound angle formulas:

Funny the + sign won't work in Latex??

adding gives:

If you put P = A +B and Q = A-B, you get:

The others are derived in a similar way.

Bob

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hi Bob

Why is "plus" written everywhere "+" should go.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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The + sign won't parse for me.

I've edited them to dotplus for now.

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**anonimnystefy****Real Member**- From: The Foundation
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Hmm... weird!

It's working for me, but only on its own!

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Yes, me too. All are acsii 43 so it's not that.

I'll post a note to MIF.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

I already did in the other thread. It looks like it is a tough nut to crack.

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Sorry,I got confused with names of formulas(my mother-tongue isn't english )amd wrote wrong,I wanted to derive the compound angle formulas using trigonometry.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi {7/3}

I did wonder if that's what you wanted. I could remember the formulas I gave easily so I took the line of least effort.

There are many ways of proving the compound angle formulas. The trig. approach is the first I met whilst still at school, but I haven't used it since. So I've had to dig deep in my memory.

So, make a triangle ABC with angle A = alpha and angle B = 90

Make a perpendicular line CD so that angle DCA = 90.

Choose the position of D so that DAC = beta.

Draw DF perpendicular to AB with F on AB, and finally CE perpendicular to DF with E on DF.

Call the point where DF and AC cross point G.

AGF = CGD = 90 minus alpha so GDC = alpha.

note EF = CB

The cosine formula is very similar. I'll leave it as an exercise.

hint AF = AB - FB

Bob

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Thanks for your help,now i'm going to try to derive the cosine formula(thanks again).

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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OK. Let me know how you get on.

Bob

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Hi bob. I have derived the cosine's sum formula,and after trying a little i found the difference formulas too:),plus i know how to derive tangent's formula using sine and cosine

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi {7/3}

Well done!

Bob

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Quick question:are these formulas used to find half angle formulas?

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi

If you put alpha = beta = A, you get the double angle formulas.

eg.

Now put theta = 2A and you can re-arrange to get

and so on.

Is that what you wanted?

Bob

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**{7/3}****Member**- Registered: 2013-02-11
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Yeah,thanks you helped me a lot in this post.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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You're welcome.

Bob

One final thought: The compound angle formulas work whatever the angles used. They aren't limited to acute angles. The proof above only works for acute angles; in fact, the diagram breaks down if A + B is over 90. I think that is why I prefer other proofs that are more general. The rotational matrix proof is my favourite.

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