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# Trig identities

Asked Apr 16, 2004, 07:13 AM — 1 Answer
How do you prove that (1 - cos2x)/sin2x = tanx?

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 reinsuranc Posts: 96, Reputation: 29 Junior Member #2 Mar 2, 2005, 12:53 PM
Trig identities
You need to know some identities for sin2x and cos2x:

sin2x = 2sinxcosx
cos2x = 1 - 2((sinx)^2); The "^" means raise to the power; "^2" means "raise to the power 2" or "square".

(1 - cos2x)/sin2x

= (1 - [ 1 - 2((sinx)^2) ] ) / (2sinxcosx)

= 2((sinx)^2) / (2sinxcosx)

= 2sinxsinx / 2sinxcosx

= sinx / cosx

= tan x.

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