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Lesson 19: Inverse trigonometric functions

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Lesson 20: Trigonometric Equations

Lesson Date: Thursday, April 23rd.

Topic: This lesson covers Chapter 20: Trigonometric Equations.

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Trigonometry – Equations

Question of the Day: If we know $\sin(x)=\frac{1}{2}$, what do we know about the angle $x$?

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## Basic Trigonometric Equations

#### Equations of the form tan(x)=c

Example 20.1. Solve for $x$: $\tan(x)=\sqrt{3}$

VIDEO: Example 20.1, tan(x)=c

Observation 20.2. To solve $\tan(x)=c$, we first determine one solution $x=\tan^{-1}(c)$. Then the general solution is given by:
$$x=\tan^{-1}(c)+n\cdot\pi \text{ where }n = 0, \pm 1, \pm 2, \pm 3, …$$

#### EQUATIONS OF THE FORM cos(x)=c

Example 20.4. Solve for $x$: $\cos(x)=\frac{1}{2}$

VIDEO: Example 20.4, cos(x)=c

Observation 20.5. To solve $\cos(x)=c$, we first determine one solution $x=\cos^{-1}(c)$. Then the general solution is given by:
$$x=\pm\cos^{-1}(c)+2n\cdot\pi \text{ where }n = 0, \pm 1, \pm 2, \pm 3, …$$

#### EQUATIONS OF THE FORM sin(x)=c

Example 20.7. Solve for $x$: $\sin(x)=\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}$

VIDEO: Example 20.7, sin(x)=c

Observation 20.8. To solve $\sin(x)=c$, we first determine one solution $x=\sin^{-1}(c)$. Then the general solution is given by:
$$x=(-1)^{n}\cdot\sin^{-1}(c)+n\cdot\pi \text{ where }n = 0, \pm 1, \pm 2, \pm 3, …$$

Summary: We summarize the different formulas used to solve the basic trigonometric equations in the following table.

 Solve: $\sin(x)=c$ Solve: $\cos(x)=c$ Solve: $\tan(x)=c$ First, find one solution, that is: $\sin^{-1}(c)$. Use: $\sin^{-1}(-c)=-\sin^{-1}(c)$ First, find one solution, that is: $\cos^{-1}(c)$. Use: $\cos^{-1}(-c)=\pi-\cos^{-1}(c)$ First, find one solution, that is: $\tan^{-1}(c)$. Use: $\tan^{-1}(-c)=-\tan^{-1}(c)$ The general solution is: $x=(-1)^{n} \sin^{-1}(c)+n \pi$ The general solution is: $x=\pm \cos^{-1}(c)+2 n \pi$ The general solution is: $x=\tan ^{-1}(c)+n \pi$ where $n=0,\pm 1,\pm 2, \ldots$ where $n=0,\pm 1,\pm 2, \ldots$ where $n=0,\pm 1,\pm 2, \ldots$

Example 20.10. Find the general solution of the equation, and state at least $5$ distinct solutions.
a) $\sin(x)=-\frac{1}{2}$
b) $\cos(x)=-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$

## Equations involving trigonometric functions

Example 20.11. Solve for $x$
a) $2 \sin (x)-1=0$
b) $\sec (x)=-\sqrt{2}$
c) $7 \cot (x)+3=0$

VIDEO: Example 20.11 – equations with trig functions (linear)

Example 20.12. Solve for $x$.
a) $\tan ^{2}(x)+2 \tan (x)+1=0 \quad$ b) $2 \cos ^{2}(x)-1=0$

VIDEO: Example 20.12 – equations with trig functions (quadratic)

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Lesson 19: Inverse trigonometric functions

Topic: This lesson covers Chapter 19: Inverse trigonometric functions.

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Trigonometry – Inverse Functions

Question of the Day: Are the trigonometric functions $\sin(x),\cos(x)$ and $\tan(x)$ one-to-one functions?

#### Lesson Notes (Notability – pdf):

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## The functions $\sin^{-1}, \cos^{-1},\tan^{-1}$

In this section, we are interested in the inverse functions of the trigonometric functions $y=\sin(x), y=\cos(x),$ and $y=\tan(x)$. You may recall from our work earlier in the semester that in order for a function to have an inverse, it must be one-to-one (or pass the horizontal line test: any horizontal line intersects the graph at most once).

#### The function $\tan^{-1}(x)$

Recall the graph of the function $y=\tan(x)$:

Notice that since the graph consists of a repeating pattern of vertical stripes, any horizontal line will touch the graph in multiple places – this graph FAILS the horizontal line test (it is NOT one-to-one). How can we define the inverse? By restricting the domain – that is, only looking at one of the repeating vertical stripes. If we only look at the part of the graph between $-\frac{\pi}{2}$ and $\frac{\pi}{2}$ then the function is one-to-one (that it, the red part of the function above is, by itself, one-to-one).

Definition 19.1. The inverse of the function $y=\tan (x)$ with restricted domain $D=\left(\frac{-\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right)$ and range $R=\mathbb{R}$ is called the inverse tangent or arctangent function. It is denoted by:
$y=\tan ^{-1}(x) \quad$ or $\quad y=\arctan (x) \quad \Longleftrightarrow \quad \tan (y)=x, \quad y \in\left(-\frac{\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right)$

Note that the inverse tangent function is written both $\tan^{-1}(x)$ and $\arctan(x)$ — they mean the same thing.

Observation: The inverse tangent is an odd function, so $\tan^{-1}(-x)=-\tan^{-1}(x)$
(recall that a function $f(x)$ is odd provided $f(-x)=-f(x)$)

Example 19.1 Recall the exact values of the tangent function from Chapter 17:

Use the table and Observation above to find exact values of the inverse tangent function. Give answers in both degrees and radians.
a. $\arctan(1)$ b. $\arctan\left(-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{3}\right)$. c. $\tan^{-1}(0)$

VIDEO: The Inverse Tangent Function – Definition and Example 19.1

#### THE FUNCTION $\sin^{-1}(x)$

Consider the graph of the function $y=\sin(x)$. It is not one-to-one either:

However, if we restrict the function to the interval $\left[-\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{\pi}{2}\right]$ (shown in red) the resulting function is one-to-one, and so we can consider the inverse function.

Definition 19.5. The inverse of the function $y=\sin (x)$ with restricted domain $D=\left[\frac{-\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$ and range $R=[-1,1]$ is called the inverse sine or arcsine function. It is denoted by
$y=\sin ^{-1}(x) \quad \text { or } \quad y=\arcsin (x) \quad \Longleftrightarrow \quad \sin (y)=x, \quad y \in\left[\frac{-\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$
The arcsine reverses the input and output of the sine function, so that the arcsine has domain $D=[-1,1]$ and range $R=\left[\frac{-\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$.

Observation: The inverse sine function is an odd function, so $\sin^{-1}(-x)=-\sin^{-1}(x)$.

Example 19.7. Recall the values of the sine function for common angles:

Use the Table and Observation above to find exact values of the arcsine function. Give answers in both degrees and radians.
a. $\sin ^{-1}\left(\frac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\right)$, b. $\sin^{-1}(1)$, c. $\sin^{-1}(0)$, d. $\sin ^{-1}\left(\frac{-1}{2}\right)$, e. $\sin^{-1}(3)$

VIDEO: The Inverse Sine Function – Definition and Example 19.7

#### THE FUNCTION $\cos^{-1}(x)$

We treat the function $\cos(x)$ similar to $\sin(x)$. However, we are no longer able to use the interval $\left[\frac{-\pi}{2}, \frac{\pi}{2}\right]$. Why?

In order to make the cosine function one-to-one, we restrict to the interval $[0,\pi]$.

Definition 19.8. The inverse of the function $y=\cos (x)$ with restricted domain $D=[0, \pi]$ and range $R=[-1,1]$ is called the inverse cosine or arccosine function. It is denoted by
$y=\cos ^{-1}(x) \quad \text { or } \quad y=\arccos (x) \quad \Longleftrightarrow \quad \cos (y)=x, \quad y \in[0, \pi]$
The arccosine reverses the input and output of the cosine function, so that the arccosine has domain $D=[-1,1]$ and range $R=[0, \pi]$.

Observation: The arccosine function is neither even nor odd. However, it does obey the following symmetry: $\cos^{-1}(-x)=\pi-\cos^{-1}(x)$
(in many problems, you can avoid the use of this formula by remembering the unit circle definition of cosine).

Example 19.10. Recall the values of the cosine function for common angles:

Use the Table and Observation above to find exact values of the arccosine function. Give answers in both degrees and radians.
a. $\arccos\left(\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\right)$, b. $\cos^{-1}(1)$, c. $\cos ^{-1}(0)$, d. $\arccos=\left(-\frac{1}{2}\right)$, e. $\arccos(2)$

VIDEO: The Inverse Cosine Function – Definition and Example 19.10

#### Inverse trig functions on the TI-84+ calculator

How do we find values of inverse trig functions that don’t appear in our “common angles” table?

Example. Find the values of the inverse trig functions using a calculator. Include at least 5 decimal digits past the decimal point.

a. $\arccos(0.35)$ (in radians)
b. $\tan^{-1}(-13.2)$ (in degrees)

VIDEO: Inverse trig functions on the calculator

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### RECALL: Converting between radians and degrees

$\text{radians}=\text{degrees}\cdot\frac{\pi}{180}$
$\text{degrees}=\text{radians}\cdot\frac{180}{\pi}$