# 3.15: Triple-Angle Formulas and Linear Combinations

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**Practice**Triple-Angle Formulas and Linear Combinations

In other Concepts you've dealt with double angle formulas. This was useful for finding the value of an angle that was double your well known value. Now consider the idea of a "triple angle formula". If someone gave you a problem like this:

Could you compute its value?

Keep reading, and at the end of this Concept you'll know how to simplify equations such as this using the triple angle formula.

### Watch This

Deriving a Triple Angle Formula

### Guidance

Double angle formulas are great for computing the value of a trig function in certain cases. However, sometimes different multiples than two times and angle are desired. For example, it might be desirable to have three times the value of an angle to use as the argument of a trig function.

By combining the sum formula and the double angle formula, formulas for triple angles and more can be found.

Here, we take an equation which takes a linear combination of sine and cosine and converts it into a simpler cosine function.

You can also use the TI-83 to solve trigonometric equations. It is sometimes easier than solving the equation algebraically. Just be careful with the directions and make sure your final answer is in the form that is called for. You calculator cannot put radians in terms of

#### Example A

Find the formula for

**Solution:** Use both the double angle formula and the sum formula.

#### Example B

Transform

**Solution:**

#### Example C

Solve

Solution: In

Next, use **CALC** to find the intersection points of the graphs.

### Guided Practice

1. Transform

2. Transform

3. Derive a formula for

**Solutions:**

1. If

2. If *rad*. Our final answer is

3.

### Concept Problem Solution

Using the triple angle formula we learned in this Concept for the sine function, we can break the angle down into three times a well known angle:

we can solve this problem.

### Explore More

Transform each expression to the form

3cosx−2sinx 2cosx−sinx −4cosx+5sinx 7cosx−6sinx 11cosx+9sinx 14cosx+2sinx −2cosx−4sinx

Derive a formula for each expression.

sin4x cos6x cos4x csc2x cot2x

Find all solutions to each equation in the interval

cosx+cos3x=0 sin2x=cos3x cos2x+cos4x=0

### Answers for Explore More Problems

To view the Explore More answers, open this PDF file and look for section 3.15.

Linear Combination

A linear combination is a set of terms that are added or subtracted from each other with a multiplicative constant in front of each term.Triple Angle Identity

A triple angle identity (also referred to as a triple angle formula) relates a trigonometric function of three times an argument to a set of trigonometric functions, each containing the original argument. Examples include: the Triple Angle Formula for Sine , the Triple Angle Formula for Cosine , and the Triple Angle Formula for Tangent .### Image Attributions

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## Learning Objectives

Here you'll learn to derive equations for formulas with triple angles using existing trig identities, as well as to construct linear combinations of trig functions.

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Sep 26, 2012## Last Modified:

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