Trigonometric Equation

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Trigonometric Equation

 

an algebraic equation involving trigonometric functions of the variables. To solve a trigonometric equation by using different relations among trigonometric functions, the trigonometric equation is converted to a form such that the values of one of the trigonometric functions of the desired variable can be determined. The roots of the trigonometric equation are then found by means of inverse trigonometric functions. For example, sin x + sin 2x + sin 3x = 0 can be reduced to the form 2 sin 2x cos x + sin 2x = 0 or sin 2x (2 cos x + 1) = 0; thus, sin 2x = 0 or cos x = – 1/2. This result gives the solutions of the trigonometric equation

where n is an arbitrary positive or negative integer.

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