December 17th, 2018, 01:54 PM  #1 
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P (x) = 8x³ + 6x  √2 Using: sin (3x) =  4sin³(x) + 3sin (x) Show that sin (π / 12); sin (17π / 12); sin (3π / 4) are zeros of P in R. Determine the value of sin (17π / 12) × sin (3π / 4) × sin (π / 12) in two different ways. π = pi Some help, please? Last edited by skipjack; December 17th, 2018 at 08:07 PM. Reason: to change 8 to 8 
December 17th, 2018, 03:44 PM  #2 
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Note ... $P(x) = 8x^3+6x\sqrt{2}$, the leading coefficient is $8$ let $x = \sin{t}$ $0 = 8\sin^3{t} + 6\sin{t}  \sqrt{2}$ $0 = 4\sin^3{t} + 3\sin{t}  \dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ $0 = \sin(3t)  \dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2} \implies \sin(3t) = \dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$ Note the solution $3t = \dfrac{\pi}{4} + k \cdot 2\pi \, \text{ where } k \in \{0, 1, 2 \}$ will yield the angles given in the problem. 
December 17th, 2018, 08:05 PM  #3 
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sin(17π/12) × sin(3π/4) × sin (π/12) = product of zeros of P(x) =  √2 / 8. sin(17π/12)sin(π/12)sin(3π/4) = (cos(4π/3)  cos(3π/2))/2 × √2/2 = (1/2  0)/2 × √2/2 =  √2/8. 

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