August 21st, 2018, 09:51 AM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2018 From: MN Posts: 2 Thanks: 0  Solve this Trig Identity
cot^2a = cos^2a + cota*cosa

August 21st, 2018, 11:27 AM  #2 
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assuming you mean $\cot^2(a) = \cos^2(a)+\cot(a)\cos(a)$ this doesn't appear to be true 
August 21st, 2018, 11:51 AM  #3 
Newbie Joined: Aug 2018 From: MN Posts: 2 Thanks: 0 
I also did not think so. I think it is a typo.

August 21st, 2018, 04:08 PM  #4 
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Were you supposed to be proving an identity or solving an equation?


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