4.6 Trig Identities
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Chapter 4
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4.6
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Lectures on Trig Identities 10 Videos

Introduction to Trig Ratios and to Identity


Trig Ratios

\sin \theta = \dfrac{opp}{hyp}

\cos \theta = \dfrac{adj}{hyp}

\tan \theta = \dfrac{opp}{adj}


Reciprocal Identities

\csc \theta = \dfrac{1}{\sin \theta}

\sec \theta = \dfrac{1}{\cos \theta}

\cot \theta = \dfrac{1}{\tan \theta}


Pythagorean Identities

\sin^2 \theta + \cos^2 \theta = 1

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1 Introduction to Trig Ratios and to Identity

Simplifying \cot x \sin x

ex Simplify cot \theta \times \sin \theta.

= \dfrac{\cos \theta}{\sin \theta} \times \sin \theta

= \cos \theta

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2 Simplifying cotx sin x

Simplifying Trig Expression 1+\tan^2x

ex 1+\tan^2x

= 1+ (\dfrac{\sin \theta}{\cos \theta})^2

= 1 + \dfrac{\sin^2 \theta}{\cos^2 \theta}

= \dfrac{\cos^2 \theta + \sin^2 \theta}{\cos^2 \theta}

= \dfrac{1}{\cos^2 \theta}

= \sec^2 \theta

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3 Simplifying Trig Expression 1+tan^2x

Simplifying Trig Expression \dfrac{1 + \sin \theta}{\cos^2 \theta}

ex Simplify \dfrac{1 + \sin \theta}{\cos^2 \theta}

= \dfrac{1 + \sin \theta}{1 - \sin^2 \theta}

= \dfrac{1 + \sin \theta}{(1 + \sin \theta)(1 - \sin \theta)}

= \dfrac{1}{1 - \sin \theta}

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4 Simplifying Trig Expression 1+sinx:cos^2x

Simplifying Trig Expression

ex Simplify \dfrac{\sin \theta + \sin^2 \theta}{\cos \theta(1 + \sin \theta)}

= \dfrac{\sin \theta(1 + \sin \theta)}{\cos \theta (1 + \sin \theta)}

= \tan \theta

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5 Simplifying Trig Expression sinx +sin^2x:cosx1+sinx

Introduction to Proving Identities

LS = RS

Prove that LS is the same as RS.

ex \dfrac{1}{\cos \theta} + \tan \theta = \dfrac{1 + \sin \theta}{\cos \theta}

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6 Introduction to Proving Identities

Proving Identity ex1

ex 1 - \cos^2 \theta = \sin \theta \cos \theta \tan \theta

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7 Proving Identity ex1

Proving Identity ex2

ex Prove 2 \cos^2 \theta + \sin^2 \theta - 1 = \cos^2 \theta

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8 Proving Identity ex2

Proving Identity ex3

ex Prove \tan \theta + \dfrac{1}{\tan \theta} = \dfrac{1}{\sin \theta \cos \theta}

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9 Proving Identity ex3
Solutions 24 Videos

For the proof of \sin^2B + \cos^2B = 1 using the triangle:

Fill in the missing step to prove.

\displaystyle \begin{array}{lllll} & LS &= (\frac{y}{r})^2 + (\frac{x}{r})^2\\ & &= \frac{y^2}{r^2} + \frac{x^2}{r^2}\\ & &= \frac{y^2+ x^2}{r^2} \\ & &= ......... \\ & &=1 \end{array}

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Q1

Graph the relation y = \sin^2x + \cos^2x .

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Q2

Prove the identity:

\sin \theta = \cos \theta \tan \theta

Which of the following could be a step going from right to left?

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Q3a

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle \csc \theta = \sec \theta \cot \theta

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Q3b

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle \cos \theta = \sin \theta \cot \theta

Which of the following could be a step going from right side to left?

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Q3c

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle \sec \theta = \csc \theta \tan \theta

Which of the following could be a step going from right side to left?

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Q3d

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle 1 +\csc \theta = \csc \theta(1 + \sin \theta)

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Q4a

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle \cot \theta \sin \theta \sec \theta = 1

Which of the following could be a step going from left side to right?

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Q4b

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle \cos \theta(\sec \theta - 1) = 1 -\cos \theta

Which of the following could be a step going from left side to right?

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Q4c

Prove the identity:

\displaystyle 1 + \sin \theta = \sin \theta(1 + \csc \theta)

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Q4d

Prove that \displaystyle 1 - \sin^2\theta = \sin \theta \cos \theta \cot \theta

Which of the following could be a step going from right side to left?

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Q5

Prove that \displaystyle \csc^2\theta = \cot^2\theta + 1

Which of the following could be a step going from left side to right?

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Q6

Prove that \displaystyle \frac{\cos \theta}{1 + \sin \theta} = \frac{1 - \sin \theta}{\cos \theta}

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Q7

Start the proof by adding the rational expression on the left for \displaystyle \frac{\cos \theta}{1 - \sin \theta} + \frac{\cos \theta}{1 + \sin \theta}= \frac{2}{\cos \theta}.

Show your step and simply.

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Q8

Prove that \displaystyle \csc^2\theta \cos^2\theta = \csc^2\theta - 1.

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Q9

Prove that \displaystyle \tan \theta +\cot \theta = \frac{\sec \theta}{\sin \theta}.

Which of the following could be a step going from left side to right?

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Q12

Prove that \displaystyle \cot^2 \theta(1 +\tan^2\theta) =\csc^2\theta.

Which of the following could be a step going from left side to right?

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Q13

You are on the last leg of the orienteering course. Determine the direction and distance from the information given. Draw the leg on your map. Label all angles and distances.

Direction: East of south

Determine the two angles between 0° and 360^o such that \frac{\csc \theta}{\sec \theta} = \cot \theta. Add their degree measures and divide by 9. Use this angle.

Hint Use identities to simplify each side of the equation first.

Distance: The result of evaluating

\displaystyle 20(\sec^2\theta \sin^2\theta + \sec^2\theta \cos^2\theta -\tan^2\theta\sin^2\theta - \tan^2\theta \cos^2\theta) , founded to the nearest metre if necessary.

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Q14

Draw a right angle. Using the vertex as the centre, draw a quarter-circle that intersects the two arms of the angle. Select any point A on the quarter-circle, other than a point on one of the arms. Draw a tangent line to the quarter-circle at A such that the line intersects one arm at point B and the other arm at point C. Label \angle AOC as 6. Show that the measure of BA divided by the radius of the quarter-circle equals the cotangent of \angle \theta.

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Q15

A student writes the following proof for the identity \cos \theta = \sin \theta \cot \theta. Critique it for form, and rewrite it in proper form.

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Q16

Consider the equation \displaystyle \tan^2\theta -\sin^2\theta = \sin^2\theta\tan^2\theta.

a) Which of the basic identities will you use first to simplify the left side?

b) Which is the one step before simplifying to the right side?

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Q17

If \sin^2\theta + \sin^22\theta+ \sin^23\theta = 1, what does \cos^23\theta + \cos^22\theta + \cos^2\theta equal?

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Q21

Given \sin \theta\cot \theta = \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}, find the value of \sin\theta .

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Q22

Given \cos \theta = 3\sin \theta, a possible value for \cos^2\theta is

\displaystyle \begin{array}{cccccc} &(A)&0.25 &(B)& 0.7071 &(C) & 0.5 &(D) & 0.9 &(E) & 1 \\ \end{array}

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Q23