# Trigonometric Questions Dealing with Identities PART I

## Trigonometric Questions

The following are questions that you may see using your trig identities.

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EXAMPLE 1.a

What is the value of 1-sin^{2}(2x) if cos^{2}(x)=1 in the domain [0,π]?

a. 1-sin^{2}(2x)=cos^{2}(2x)

You could use the half angle formula, but cos^{2}(x)=1 when x=0 and that is the only time. If you double the angle 0, then it will still be zero, so the answer is 1.

Example 1.b

Without the use of a calculator, find the value of -(sinx+cosx)(sinx-cosx) given that x=15 degrees.

a. Expand and you get -(sin^{2}x-cos^{2}x)=-sin^{2}x+cos^{2}x=cos(2x)=cos(2(15))=cos(30)= square root of three divided by 2

sqrt(3)/2

Example 2.a

Note: √ represents square root

Given √(1-sin^{2}x)(2/√(1+cot^{2}x)), what is the value of this expression when x=15 degrees (no calculator allowed).

square root of all(1-sin^{2}x) and square root of all (1+cot^{2}x)

a. (1-sin^{2}x)=cos^{2}x, square root of this is simply cosx

b. (1+cot^{2}x)=cscx, 2/cscx=2sinx because cscx=1/sinx and 1/(1/sinx)=sinx

Now the product is 2sinxcosx=sin2x=sin(2(15))=sin30=1/2

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