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#1 2008-12-24 20:34:21

Identity
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exact value

Find the exact value of

Is there a way to do this without drawing a triangle, what's the most efficient way? The book doesn't say which way it should be done.

Also, when finding

using triangles, you could have opp/adj = 2/-1 or opp/adj = -2/1 ... so couldn't there be 2 possible solutions?

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#2 2008-12-24 22:16:42

luca-deltodesco
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Re: exact value

Trying both roots, the positive is correct, the negative incorrect

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infact, it turns out that you must take the negative root, if x is negative, and the positive root if x is positive

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#3 2008-12-25 00:03:53

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Re: exact value

Wow, very nice ! Thanks luca

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#4 2008-12-25 00:25:43

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Re: exact value

I think it's much quicker/easier/nicer to draw a triangle. The identities luca's used all come from triangles anyway.

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#5 2017-07-14 16:11:51

Monox D. I-Fly
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Re: exact value

Daniel123 wrote:

I think it's much quicker/easier/nicer to draw a triangle. The identities luca's used all come from triangles anyway.

Agree. By looking at the sine value, we know that the height is 4 and the hypotenuse is 5. Thus, with the Pythagorean theorem we know that the base is 3.

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