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unistu January 16th, 2015 08:23 PM

Simplify expression
 
Hi, I need to simplify the following.

\(\cos\left(3π+α\right) \)

I am unsure of the steps to take to do this.
Thanks

skeeter January 16th, 2015 08:30 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unistu (Post 218971)
Hi, I need to simplify the following.

\(\cos\left(3π+α\right) \)

I am unsure of the steps to take to do this.
Thanks

Use the sum identity for cosine ...

$\displaystyle \cos(x+y)=\cos{x}\cos{y}-\sin{x}\sin{y}$

unistu January 16th, 2015 08:55 PM

Sorry, I'm still unsure what you mean.
Do you mean...

\(\cos\left(3π+α\right)= \cos\left(3π\right)\cos\left(α\right)-\sin\left(3π\right)\sin\left(α\right) \)

???

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greg1313 January 17th, 2015 03:29 AM

That's correct.

Country Boy January 17th, 2015 07:07 AM

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aurel5 January 17th, 2015 07:36 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Country Boy (Post 219022)
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$\displaystyle \cos 3\pi$

unistu January 17th, 2015 02:36 PM

I've been working with radians as well as degrees, so I assume \(3π\) would be the radian measure or \(540°\) but I don't need values. I'm looking on purplemaths website and I see the identity laws mentioned here.

If I do \(\cos(3π)-\sin(3π)=-1 \)
I still have \(\cos(α)-\sin(α) \)
would the answer be \(-\cos(α) \) ?

I still don't understand how I can simplify this further.

skeeter January 17th, 2015 03:00 PM

$\displaystyle \cos(3\pi + \alpha) = \cos(3\pi)\cos(\alpha) - \sin(3\pi)\sin(\alpha)$

$\displaystyle \cos(3\pi + \alpha) = (-1) \cdot \cos(\alpha) - (0) \cdot \sin(\alpha) = -\cos(\alpha)$

topsquark January 17th, 2015 04:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by unistu (Post 219064)
I've been working with radians as well as degrees, so I assume \(3π\) would be the radian measure or \(540°\) but I don't need values. I'm looking on purplemaths website and I see the identity laws mentioned here.

If I do \(\cos(3π)-\sin(3π)=-1 \)
I still have \(\cos(α)-\sin(α) \)
would the answer be \(-\cos(α) \) ?

I still don't understand how I can simplify this further.

You are, I hope, aware that $\displaystyle \cos(3 \pi ) = \cos(2 \pi + \pi ) = \cos(\pi)$? (In degrees this is $\displaystyle \cos(540^\circ) = \cos( 360^\circ + 180^\circ ) = \cos(180^\circ)$.)

-Dan


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