## adnanchowdhury 3 years ago Trigonometry question on R cos (theta - alpha). http://d.pr/L96v

Second part of the question is what i need help with. My answer to the first part: $\sqrt{17} \cos (\Theta + \alpha)$ Second part: My answers are: 46.9 and -46.9. But answers says: 46.9 and -75?

Edit: I mean to write, the answer to my first answer was √cos(Θ+14)

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[r\sin(x+\theta)\] where $r=\sqrt{a^2+b^2}, \tan(\theta)=\frac{a}{b}$if i recall correctly

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oops you want cosine, sorry

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same idea but this time $r\cos(x - \theta)$ same r but $\tan(\theta)=\frac{b}{a}$

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so we need $\theta$ in degrees i take it, yes?

yes

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i get $\theta = -14.4$ giving $\sqrt{17}\cos(x+14.4)$

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$\sqrt{17}\cos(x+14.4)=2$ $\cos(x+14.4)=\frac{2}{\sqrt{17}}$ $x=\cos^{-1}(\frac{2}{\sqrt{17}})-14.4$

between -180 and 180 degrees.