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Verify that each equation is an identity by showing that each expression on the left simplifies to 1.

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  1. highschoolmom2010
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  2. phi
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    how far did you get ?

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  3. highschoolmom2010
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    no where im lost

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  4. ganeshie8
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    take left hand side expression, plugin tanA = sinA/cosA

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  5. highschoolmom2010
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    im still really confused

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  6. ganeshie8
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    did they teach you ' tan = sin/cos' yet ?

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  7. highschoolmom2010
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    nope

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  8. highschoolmom2010
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    so im learning it here

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  9. ganeshie8
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    ok, dont learn it here. wait until they start them officially lets do it the known way

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  10. highschoolmom2010
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    ok

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  11. phi
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    they may want you to use the definitions of sin(A)= opp/adj = a/c and tan(A)= a/b

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    |dw:1376501404557:dw|

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  13. ganeshie8
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    exactly, look at above triangle, first find sinA, and tanA

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    |dw:1376501580565:dw|

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    yes, find tanA also, and plug them in left side of given expression

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  16. highschoolmom2010
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    assuming that is alpha....

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  17. ganeshie8
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    uhh this time, thats 'a', sorry

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  18. phi
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    they are using lower case for the side and capital for the angle opposite that side

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    \[\tan A=\frac{ a }{ b }\] oh then let me fix sin A

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    \[\sin A=\frac{ a }{ c }\]

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    now what is \[ \frac{1}{\sin A} \]

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    @phi im not sure

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  23. ganeshie8
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    plug them directly, we can simplify after pluggin in may be

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    \[\frac{ 1 }{ \frac{ a }{ c} }\]

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    the short way is "flip" both sides of sin A = a/c the long way is go through these steps multiply both sides by c: c sin A = a divide both sides by a (c sin A)/a = 1 divide both sides by sin A c/a = 1/ sin A

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    or do what you did , and multiply top and bottom by c/a

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    that ^^kinda confused me

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    \[ \frac{ 1\cdot \frac{c}{a} }{ \frac{ a }{ c} \cdot \frac{c}{a}} \] the idea is you can multiply top and bottom by the same number (or fraction) now simplify

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    \[\frac{ \frac{ c }{ a } }{ 1 }\]

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    yes, and anything divided by 1 is itself

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    co the left side =c/a

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    yes. (and remember the short cut) if you have a/b = c/d then b/a = d/c (flip both sides) in this case sin A = a/c 1/sinA = c/a

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    so*

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    right side = b/a then

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    now what is \[ \frac{1}{\sin^2 A} =\frac{1}{\sin A} \cdot \frac{1}{\sin A} \]

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    no clue

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  37. phi
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    you know 1/sin A = c/a so you know 1/sin A * 1/sinA = (c/a)*(c/a) \[ \frac{c}{a}\cdot \frac{c}{a}\]

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    which is top times top and bottom times bottom

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    lost ?

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    another way to do this is remember \[ \sin^2 A \text{ means } \sin A \cdot \sin A \] you know sin A= a/c so \[ \sin^2 A \text{ means } \sin A \cdot \sin A = \frac{a}{c}\cdot \frac{a}{c}=\frac{a\cdot a}{c\cdot c}=\frac{a^2}{c^2}\]

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  41. phi
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    and \[ \frac{1}{\sin^2 A} = \frac{c^2}{a^2} \] using the flip rule

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    I should mention that \[ \left(\sin A \right)^2 \text{ is often written as }\sin^2 A \] then mean the same thing. (sin A) times itself: (sin A)(sin A)

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    im following and writing too

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  44. phi
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    *they mean...

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    so far you have \[ \frac{1}{(\sin A)^2 }= \frac{c^2}{a^2} \] now what is 1/(tan A)^2 ?

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    1 sec ill write it out on paper and then ^^

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    \[\frac{ 1 }{ \tan A^2} \]=\[\frac{ b^2 }{ a^2 }\]

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    well i wrote tan A ^2 wrong

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  49. phi
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    yes, so the equation is \[ \frac{c^2}{a^2}- \frac{b^2}{a^2} = 1 \] re: tan A^2 yes, you should put parens in (tan A)^2. but we know what you mean now, the fractions on the left side have a common denominator can you re-write as one fraction ?

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    \[\frac{ c^2-b^2 }{ a }=1\]

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    * a^2 in the bottom

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    i knew i forgot something

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  53. phi
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    now, what is the pythagoras equation for this problem ?

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    what does that mean

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  55. phi
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    do you know the pythagorean theorem ?

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  56. highschoolmom2010
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    oh yea a^2+b^2=c^2

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    and what do you get if you subtract b^2 from both sides ?

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    c^2/a^2=1-b^2

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    no, that is too complicated. start with a^2+b^2=c^2 and write -b^2 on both sides and simplify

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    a^2+b^2-b^2=c^2-b^2 a^2=c^2-b^2

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    now use that in your equation \[\frac{ c^2-b^2 }{ a^2 }=1 \] I would replace the top

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    in other words c^2 -b^2 is the same as a^2 (by pythagoras)

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    oh

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    so what do we do now.....

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    the idea is that c^2-b^2 = a^2 so replace c^2-b^2 with a^2 in your equation \[ \frac{ c^2-b^2 }{ a^2 }=1 \]

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    \[\frac{ a^2 }{ a^2 }=1\]

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    and something divided by itself is 1 i.e. a^2 divided by itself is 1 you get 1=1 and you are done. You showed both sides are equal

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    oh ok

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    ty @phi & @ganeshie8

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