As Agent Trigonometry, you are now given another piece of the puzzle: . What is the value of ?
Guidance
Lastly, we can use the sum and difference formulas to solve trigonometric equations. For this concept, we will only find solutions in the interval .
Example A
Solve .
Solution: Use the formula to simplify the left-hand side and then solve for .
The cosine negative in the and quadrants. and .
Example B
Solve .
Solution:
In the interval, and .
Example C
Solve .
Solution:
At this point, we can factor the equation to be . , and 1, so . Be careful with these answers. When we check these solutions it turns out that does not work.
Therefore, is an extraneous solution.
Concept Problem Revisit
In the previous lesson you solved the expression as:
So what you're now looking for is the value of where .
The cosine of is equal to .
Guided Practice
Solve the following equations in the interval .
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Answers
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