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Lesson 31: Trigonometric Equations
Learning Outcomes. (from Coburn and Herdlick’s Trigonometry book)
- Use a graph to gain information about principal roots, roots in ), and roots in .
- Use inverse functions to solve trig equations for the principal root.
- Solve trig equations for roots in or .
- Solve trig equations for roots in .
- Solve trig equations using fundamental identities.
- Solve trig equations using graphing technology.
Topic. This lesson covers
Section 6.3: Solving Basic Trigonometric Equations.
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Video Lesson 31 (based on Lesson 31 Notes)
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A Quick Intro to Trigonometric Equations
Key Words. Inverse trigonometric expressions, trigonometric equations, symmetry
In the Warmup Question 1, we saw that when . Equivalently, we can say
to represent the angles whose cosine is zero between 0 and .
The main idea in solving a trigonometric equation is to reduce the equation so that there is a trigonometric expression such as , and on one side, and a number on the other side.
In the above example, there are two solutions between 0 and . The calculator only provides one or value. To determine the other solution, it is useful to remember that on the unit circle, represents the cosine value and represents the sine value. For instance, if is negative, then is negative, which happens when the terminal side of is in QII or QIII. You can then use the symmetry discussed in Lesson to determine all solutions.
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