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## #1 2006-01-26 14:16:01

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### Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

Can seem to remember how to prove the following identity

tanx                sinx
-----------  =   ---------------
1 + tanx         sin x + cosx

I can get

sinx
---------
cosx
---------------
cosx + sinx
-------------
cosx

but cannot get any further.

## #2 2006-01-26 16:15:21

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

"In the real world, this would be a problem.  But in mathematics, we can just define a place where this problem doesn't exist.  So we'll go ahead and do that now..."

## #3 2006-01-26 18:22:09

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman

## #4 2006-01-26 19:24:04

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

Yeah, just had to multiply above and below by cos x and we would have had it.

Wish I could ask my dad for help. He went as far as calculus 2 in college but never really had to use it, so he forgot most of it. What a pity...

A logarithm is just a misspelled algorithm.

## #5 2006-01-27 00:04:32

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

Thanks to all.

I keep asking him if he needs any help ... did not actually think he would take me up on it....
It really makes me feel old.

## #6 2006-01-27 03:34:12

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

My dad teaches maths in a secondary school (in the UK) yet he knows nothing about mathematics!!!
A lot of state school teachers in the UK are basically baby sitters.

Aloha Nui means Goodbye.

## #7 2006-01-27 03:35:39

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

Where did you learn maths Old_dad?

Aloha Nui means Goodbye.

## #8 2006-01-27 08:26:37

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### Re: Son asked for help with trig identities.. can't seem to remember how

#### rickyoswaldiow wrote:

My dad teaches maths in a secondary school (in the UK) yet he knows nothing about mathematics!!!

I think it sometimes goes like this:

"Mary, our very talented mathematics teacher, has retired ... who can take over her classes?"
"Ummm ... Sam has the lightest workload"
"Congratulations Sam, you now teach Mathematics"

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..."  - Leon M. Lederman
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