## help!!!!! one year ago Use basic identities to simplify the expression. one divided by cotangent of theta to the second power. + sec θ cos θ

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2. hartnn

so its $$\huge \dfrac{1}{\cot^2 \theta + \sec \theta \cos \theta}$$

3. hartnn

firstly, use the identity that sec theta = 1/cos theta so, sec theta cos theta = 1 and do you know what is $$\large 1+\cot^2 \theta = ... ?$$

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only the cot^2theta is the denominator

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no I don't know, I am COMPLETELY lost in this subject

6. hartnn

okk., so anyways you can use sec theta cos theta = 1 $$\large \dfrac{1}{\cot^2 \theta }+1$$

7. hartnn

now 1/ cot theta = tan theta so, $$\large \tan^2 \theta+1$$

8. hartnn

and ther's a standard pythagorean identity that $$\large 1+\tan^2 \theta = \sec^2 \theta$$ thats it! :)

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okay thank you!

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can you walk me through another please?

11. hartnn

sure

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Simplify the expression. quantity cosecant of x to the power of two times secant of x to the power of two divided by quantity secant of x to the power of two plus cosecant of x to the power of two.

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yes

15. hartnn

$$\large \dfrac{\csc^2 x \sec^2 x }{\sec^2 x + \csc^2 x }$$

16. hartnn

ok, we use the identity that csc x = 1/ sin x sec x = 1/cos x

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okay

18. hartnn

$$\large \dfrac{\csc^2 x \sec^2 x }{\sec^2 x + \csc^2 x } = \large \dfrac{\sin^2 x \cos^2 x }{\sin^2 x + \cos^2 x }$$

19. hartnn

now we can use the famous pythagorean identity $$\Large \color{red}{\sin^2x + \cos^2 x =1 }$$

20. hartnn

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so the answer is just 1? or am I wrong?

22. hartnn

denominator = 1 yes what remains is numerator sin^2 x cos^2 x

23. hartnn

you have choices for this too ?

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yes I do the choices are: sin^2x cos^2x -1 1

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im sorry im so stupid. im usually really good at math but precalc just makes no sense to me

26. hartnn

oops, i did a simplification error $$\large \dfrac{\csc^2 x \sec^2 x }{\sec^2 x + \csc^2 x } = \large \dfrac{1 }{\sin^2 x + \cos^2 x } = 1$$

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okay and i have a question. next year I planned on taking ap stat. is that anything like precalc because i hope not. is it easier or harder?

28. hartnn

if you practice less, math is hard. if you practice more, math is easy. irrespective of any topic/subject

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well are the concepts of ap stat very similar to or very different to those of pre-calculus?

30. hartnn

statistics is a different branch of math altogether, so very different.

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i just think I'm not good at online class taking because I learn better from an actual person rather than a computer screen. I need the physical classroom environment and a teacher to give me instruction.

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what kind of problems does ap stat entail? word problems? graphs?

33. hartnn

both.

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oh okay thank you soooooo much! is there anything else that i should know?

35. hartnn

try to take up easy questions before going to harder ones. if you get stuck anytime, OpenStudy is always Open for you :)