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November 27th, 2016, 09:39 AM  #1 
Member Joined: Nov 2016 From: Ireland Posts: 67 Thanks: 2  adding subtracting multiples of 360
Hi folks I'm doing some study into adding subtracting multiples of 360. Something's confusing me  probably really easy but I can't figure it. Ok in one question it asks: Simplify the sin (x + 400) = sin (x+40) Yet sin (Î¸ + 1000) = sin (Î¸  80) Why is the second one not equal to Sin (Î¸ + 280)? Last edited by skipjack; November 27th, 2016 at 11:44 AM. 
November 27th, 2016, 09:50 AM  #2 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,426 Thanks: 1195 
$\sin(\theta+1000^\circ) = \sin{\theta}\cos(1000^\circ) + \cos{\theta}\sin(1000^\circ) = \sin{\theta}\cos(80^\circ) + \cos{\theta}\sin(80^\circ) = \sin{\theta}\cos(80^\circ)  \cos{\theta}\sin(80^\circ) = \sin(\theta  80^\circ)$
Last edited by skeeter; November 27th, 2016 at 10:05 AM. 
November 27th, 2016, 09:54 AM  #3 
Member Joined: Nov 2016 From: Ireland Posts: 67 Thanks: 2 
Ok I'm a n00b that's even more confusing lol. I've noticed the answers are all <180. Most are <90 degrees.

November 27th, 2016, 10:12 AM  #4 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,426 Thanks: 1195 
you need to learn some identities, namely ... sum/difference identities for sine & cosine $\sin(a \pm b) = \sin{a}\cos{b} \pm \cos{a}\sin{b}$ $\cos(a \pm b) = \cos{a}\cos{b} \mp \sin{a}\sin{b}$ odd/even identities for sine & cosine ... $\sin(\theta) = \sin{\theta}$ $\cos(\theta) = \cos{\theta}$ 
November 27th, 2016, 10:27 AM  #5 
Math Team Joined: Jul 2011 From: Texas Posts: 2,426 Thanks: 1195 
I may have made it more difficult than necessary ... note that $1000  3(360) = 80$

November 27th, 2016, 10:34 AM  #6 
Member Joined: Nov 2016 From: Ireland Posts: 67 Thanks: 2 
Ok thanks Skeeter I'll struggle on through it. I'm liking the odds of the answer being less than 180 degrees. I shall invent a new mathematical law. No proof necessary 
November 28th, 2016, 11:13 AM  #7 
Newbie Joined: Nov 2016 From: Canada Posts: 13 Thanks: 3 Math Focus: All 
sin(n*360 + x) = sin x.


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