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December 14th, 2006, 12:01 PM  #1 
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Evaluate: sec(3pi/4)  cot pi/2 
December 14th, 2006, 12:10 PM  #2 
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This problem is pretty easy. The answer is (sqrt 2). This is because the cot pi/2=0 and the sec(3pi/4)= (sqrt 2) 
February 3rd, 2007, 06:33 AM  #3 
Global Moderator Joined: Dec 2006 Posts: 21,028 Thanks: 2259  Tip on calculating with Google Calculator
Did you know that you can have Google evaluate simple expressions for you? You get just a plain number, but that's enough to help you. Note, however, that you must use parentheses correctly. Also, Google recognizes cotangent and ctan, but not cot. For the above expression, just give sec(3pi/4)  ctan (pi/2) to Google and sec(((3 * pi)) / 4)  ctan(pi / 2) = 1.41421356 is promptly returned. 

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