FUNCTIONS
(Problem Solving
Approach)
A. Panchishkin
E. Shavgulidze
Mir
Publishers
Moscow
TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS
A. A. Ilaasmmraa, E. T. Illasrvnanse
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B 3A,L(AqAX
A. Panchishkin
E. Shavgulidze
TRIGONOMETRIC
FUNCTIONS
(ProblemSolving
Approach)
Mir
Publishers
Moscow
Translated from Russian
by Leonid Levant
Pirst published 1988
Revised from the 1986 Russian edition
Ha aH3AUUCnOM, R8bl1e
Printed in the Unton of Soviet Socialtst Republics
ISBN 5030002227
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cPH8uRoMaTeMaTBQeCROH
aareparypra, 1986
Engl ish translation, Mir Publishers,
1988
From the Authors
By tradition, trigonometry is an important component
of mathematics courses at high school, and trigonometry
questions are always set at oral and written examina
tions to those entering uni versi ties, engineering colleges,
and teachertraining insti tutes.
The aim of this study aid is to help the student to mas
ter the basic techniques of solving difficult problems in
trigonometry using appropriate definitions and theorem.s
from the school course of mathematics. To present the
material in a smooth way, we have enriched the text
with some theoretical material from the textbook Algebra
and Fundamentals of Analysis edited by Academician
A, N. Kolmogorov and an experimental textbook of the
same title by Professors N.Ya. Vilenkin, A.G. Mordko
vich, and V.K. Smyshlyaev, focussing our attention on
the application of theory to solution of problems. That
is WIlY our book contains many worked competition
problems and also some problems to be solved independ
ently (they are given at the end of each chapter, the
answers being at the end of the book).
Some of the general material is taken from Elementary
Mathematics by Professors G.V. Dorofeev, M.I(. Potapov,
and N.Kh. Rozov (Mir Publishers, Moscow, 1982), which
is one of the best study aids on mathematics for pre
college students.
We should like to note here that geometrical problems
which can be solved trigonometrically and problems
involving integrals with trigonometric functions are
not considered.
At present, there are several problem books on mathe
matics (trigonometry included) for those preparing to
pass their entrance examinations (for instance, Problems
6
From the Authors
at Entrance Examinations in Mathematics by Yu.V. Nes
terenko, S.N. Olekhnik, and M.K. Potapov (Moscow,
Nauka, 1983); A Collection of Competition Problems in
Mathematics with Hints and Solutions edited by A.I. Pri
lepko (Moscow, Nauka, 1986); A Collection of Problems in
Mathematics tor Precollege Students edited by A.I. Pri
lepko (Moscow, Vysshaya Shkola, 1983); A Collection of
Competition Problems in Mathematics for Those Entering
Engineering Institutes edited by M.I. Skanavi (Moscow,
Vysshaya Shkola, 1980). Some problems have been bor
rowed from these for our study aid and we are grateful
to their authors for the permission to use them.
The beginning of a solution to a worked example is
marked by the symbol and its end by the symbol
The symbol indicates the end of the proof of a state
ment.
Our book is intended for highschool and precollege
students. We also hope that it will be helpful for the
school children studying at the "smaller" mechanico
mathematical faculty of Moscow State University.
From the Authors
Contents
5
Chapter 1. Definitions and Basic Properties of Trigono
metric Functions 9
1.1. Radian Measure of an Arc. Trigonometric
Circle . 9
1.2. Definitions of the Basic Trigonometric Func
tions . '18
1.3. Basic Properties of Trigonometric Functions 23
1.4. Solving the Simplest Trigonometric Equations.
Inverse Trigonometric Functions 31
Problems 36
Chapter 2. Identical Transformations of Trigonometric
Ex pressi ons 4t
2.1. Addition Formulas 41
2.2. Trigonometric Identities for .Double, Triple,
and Half Arguments 55
2.3. Solution of Problems Involving Trigonometric
Transformat ions 63
Problems 77
Chapter 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems of
Equations 80
3. 1. General 80
3.2. Principal Methods of Solving Trigonometric
Equations 87
3.3. Solving 'I'rigonometric Equations and Systems
of Equations in Several Unknowns 101
Problems tog
Chapter 4. Investigating Tri.gonometric Functions 1Vl
4.1. Graphs of Basic Trigonometric Functions 113
4.2. Computing Limits 126
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Contents
4.3. Investigating Trigonometric Functions with
the Aid of a Derivative 132
Problems 146
Chapter 5. Trigonometric Inequalities 149
5.1. Proving Inequalities Involving Trigonometric
Functions ~
5.2. Solving Trigonometric Inequalities 156
Problems 162
Answers 163
Chapter I
Definitions and Basic Properties
of Trigonometric Functions
1.1. Radian Measure of an Arc. Trigonometric Circle
1. The first thing the student should have in mind when
studying trigonometric functions consists in that the
arguments of these functions are real numbers. The pre
college student is sometimes afraid of expressions such
as sin 1, cos 15 (but not sin 10, cos 15), cos (sin 1), and so
cannot answer simple questions whose answer becomes
obvious if the sense of these expressions is understood.
When teaching a school course of geometry, trigonomet
ric functions are first introduced as functions of an angle
(even only of an acute angle). In the subsequent study,
the notion of trigonometric function is generalized when
functions of an arc are considered. Here the study is not
confined to the arcs enclosed within the limits of one
complete revolution, that is, from 0 to 360; the student
is encountered with arcs whose measure is expressed by
any number of degrees, both positive and negative. The
next essential step consists in thatthe degree (or sexage
simal) measure is converted to a more natural radian
measure. Indeed, the division of a complete revolution
into 360 parts (degrees) is done by tradition (the division
into other number of parts, say into 100 parts, is also
used). Radian measure of angles is based on measuring
the length of arcs of a circle. Here, the unit of measure
ment is one radian which is defined as a central angle
subtended in a circle by an arc whose length is equal to
the radius of the circle. Thus, the radian measure of an
angle is the ratio of the arc it subtends to the radius of
the circle i.n which it is the central angle; also called
circular measure. Since the circumference of :1 circle of
a unit radius is equal to 2n, the length of the arc of 360
0
is equal to 2n radians. Consequently, to 180 there corre
spond 1t radians. To change from degrees to radians and
10 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
vice versa, it suffices to remember that the relation be
tween the degree and radian measures of an arc is of
proportional nature.
Example 1.1.1. How IUUUy degrees are contained in
the arc of ono radian'?
We wri te the proportion:
If Jt radians
and 1 radian == x,
then x== 18H
O
57.29578 or 5717'44.S".
Jt
Example 1.1.2. How many degrees are contained in
I f
35n di .,
t ie arc O' 12 ra iansr
If n radians === 180
0
,
d
351t di
an  ra lans x
12 '
then x = ( 180
0
) 111:= 525
0
Example 1.1.3. What is the radian measure of the arc
of 1U84?
If Jt radians 180
0
,
and y radians == 1984
0
,
1t 1984 496Jt 1
then y==: 180
2. Trigonometric Circle. When considering ei ther the
degree or the radian measure of an arc, it is of importance
to know how to take into account the direction in which
the arc is traced from the i ni tial pointAl to the terminal
point A
2
The direction of tracing the arc anticlockwise is
usually said to he positive (see Fig. 1a), while the direc
tion of tracing the are clockwise is said to be negative
(Fig. 1h).
\Ve should. like to recall that a circle of unit radius with
a given reference point and positive direction is called the
trigonometric (or coordinate) circle.
1.1. Radian Measure of an Arc 11
b
a
Usually, the righthand end point of the horizontal
diameter is chosen as the reference point. We arrange
the trigonometric circle on a coordinate plane wi th the
A
2
Fig. 1
Fig. 2
IJ({l/)
o
s = {(x, y): x
2
1 y2 = 1}.
3. Winding the Real
Axis on the Trlgonometrle
Circle. In the theory of
trigonometric functions
the fundamental role is
played by the mapping
P: R S of the set R of real numbers on the coordi
nate circle which is constructed as follows:
(1) The number t === on the real axis is associated
with the point A: A == Po.
(2) If t > 0, then, on the trigonometric circle, we
consider the arc AP
b
taking the point A == Po as the
intitial point of the arc and tracing the path of length t
rectangular Cartesian coordinate system introduced
(Fig. 2), placing the centre of the circle into the origin.
1"hen the reference point has the coordinates (1, 0). We
denote: A === A (1,0). Also, let B, C, D denote the points
B (0, 1), C ( 0), y
D (0,  B(OII)
The trigonometrlc err
cle will be denoted by S.
According to the afore
said,
12 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
round the circle in the positive direction. We denote the
terminal point of this path by Pt and associate the nUID
bar t with the point Pt on the trigonometric circle. Or
in other words: the point Pt is the image of the point
A = Po when the coordinate plane is rotated about the
origin through an angle of t radians.
(3) If t < 0, then, starting from the point A round the
circle in the negative direction, we shall cover the path of
length It'. Let P t denote the terminal point of this
path which will just be the point corresponding to the
negative number t.
As is seen, the sense of the constructed mapping 1): R+
S consists in that the positive semi axis is wound onto
S in the positive direction, while the negative semi axis
is wound onto S in the negative direction. This mapping
is not onetoone: if a point F ES corresponds to a num
ber t ER, that is, F == Ph then this point also corre
sponds to the numbers t + 2n, t  2n: F = P t+21t ==
Pt 21t Indeed, adding to the path of length t the
path of length 2n (either in the positive or in the nega
tive direction) we shall again find ourselves at the point I?,
since 2n is the circumference of the circle of unit radius.
Hence it also follows that all the numbers going into
the point Pt under the mapping 1) have the form t + Znk,
where k is an arbitrary integer. Or in a briefer formula
t ion: the full inverse image 1)1 (Pt) of the point P t
coincides with the set
{t + 2nk: k EZ}.
Remark. The number t is usually Identified with the
point Pt corresponding to this number, however, when
solving problems, it is useful to lind out what object is
under considerati on.
Example 1.1.4. Find all the numbers {E R correspond
ing to the point F ES with coordinates (1212,
 12/2) under the mapping P.
The point F actually lies on S, since
1.1. Radian Measure of an Arc i3
A
Fig. 3
Let X, Y denote the feet
of the perpendiculars drop
ped from the [point F on
the coordinate axes Ox and
Oy (Fig. 3). Then I XO I ==
I YO I = I XF I, and
is a right isosceles
triangle, LXOF = 45 ===
n/4 radian. Therefore
the magnitude of the arc
AF is equalto n + =
and to the point F there
correspond the numbers
5: + 2nk, k EZ, and only they.
Example 1.1.5. Find all the numbers corresponding to
the vertices of a regular Ngon inscribed in the trigono
y
Fig. 4
metric circle so that one of the vertices coincides with the
point PI (see Fig. 4 in which N = 5).
<llllIII The vertices of a regular Ngon divide the trigonomet
ric circle into N equal arcs of length 2:rt/ N each. Con
sequently, the vertices of the given Ngon coincide
with the points A, = P 2nl, where l = 0, 1, 0' N  1.
1+rr
Therefore the soughtfor numbers t ER have the form
14 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
1 I 2;k , where k EZ. The last assertion is verified in the
following way: any integer k EZ can be uniquely written
in the form k == Nm + l, where N  1 and m,
1 EZ, l being the remainder of the division of the integer
k hy N. It is now obvious that the equality 1 + 2;k =
1 + 2;1 + 2nm is true since its righthand side con
c
s
B=P'3n/z
A=fl,
a:
Fig. 5
tains the numbers which correspond to the points P 211:1
1+JV
on the trigonometric circle.
Example 1.1.6. Find the points of the trigonometric
circle which correspond to the following numbers: (a) 3n/2,
(b) 13n/2, (c) 15n/4, (d) 17n/6.
3n 3 3n
2 = T
2rr
, therefore, to the number 2 there
corresponds the point D with coordinates (0, 1), since
the arc AD traced in the positive direction has the mea
sure equal to i of a complete revolution (Fig. 5).
, 13n f n 13n
(b) 2 == 32n +2' consequently, to the number 2
there corresponds the point B (0, 1): starting from the
point A we can reach the point B by tracing the trigono
metric circle in the positive direction three times and
1.1. Radian Measnre of an Arr: 15
then covering H quarter of revolution (Jt/2 radian) in the
same direction.
(c) Let us represent the number t5n/4 ill the form
Znk i to, where k is an integer, and to is a number such
that O::s.; to < 2n. To do so, .it is necessary AJ1fl sufficient
that the Iollnwing inequalities he Iulfil led:
2nk ~ 151t/
1
1 ~ 2n (k + 1).
Let liS write the number 15n/4 in the form 3 ~ n=
41[+ ~ whence it is clear that k= 2, t
o
= '!t /4,
and to the number t =!15n/4 there corresponds a
point E = Pn/" such that the size of the angle EOA is
1t/4 (or 45). Therefore, to construct the point Plsn/4' we
have to trace the trigonometric circle twice in the negative
direction and then to cover the path of length n/4 corre
sponding to the arc of 45 in the positive direction. The
point E thus obtained has the coordinates CV2/2, V2/2).
(d) Similarly,  ~ n =2 ~ n=2n ~ n =3n+
~ , and in order to reach the point F == P171t/6 (start
ing from A), we have to cover one and a half revolutions
(3n radians) in the negative direction (as a result, we
reach the point C (1, 0) and then to return tracing an
arc of length n/6 in the positive direction. The point F
has the coordinates (V3/2, 1/2). ~
Example 1.1.7. The points A = Po, B == Pn/2' C =
P31' D = P331/2 divide the trigonometric circle into
four equal arcs, that is, into four quarters called quad
rants. Find in what quadrant each of the following points
lies: (a) PlO' (b) P8' (c) P 8
~ T o answer this question, one must know the approxi
mate value of the number n which is determined as half
the circumference of unit radius. This number has been
computed to a large number of decimal places (here are the
first 24 digits: n ~ 3.141 592 653 589 793 238 462 643).
To solve similar problems, it is sufficient to use far less
accurate approximations, but they should be written in
16 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
the form of strict inequalities of type
3.1 < Jt < 3.2
3.14 < n < 3.15,
3.141 < jt < 3.112.
(1.1)
(1.2)
(1.3)
Inaccurate handling of approximate numbers is a flagrant
error when solving problems of this kind. Such problems
are usually reduced to a rigorous proof of some inequali
ties. The proof of an inequality is, in turn, reduced to
a certain obviously true estimate using equivalent
transformations, for instance, to one of the estimates
(1.1)(1.3) if from the hypothesis it is clear that such
an estimate is supposed to be known. In such cases, some
students carry out computations with unnecessarily
high accuracy forgetting about the logic of the proof.
Many difficulties also arise in the cases when we have to
prove some estimate for a quantity which is usually
regarded to be approximately known to some decimal
digits; for instance, to prove that n > 3 or that 1t < 4.
The methods for estimating the number n are connected
with approximation of the circumference of a circle with
the aid of the sum of the lengths of the sides of regular
Ngons inscribed in, and circumscribed about, the trigo
nometric circle. This will be considered later on (in
Sec. 5.1); here we shall use inequality (1.1) to solve
the problem given in Example 1.1.7.
Let us find an integer k such that
(1.1)
Then the number of the quadrant in which the point P
10
is
located will be equal to the remainder of the division of
the number k t 1 by 4 since a complete revolution con
sists of four quadrants. Making use of the upper estimate
n6 9
1t < 3 ~ we find that T < .6 for k = 6; at the same
n(k+t) n7 0
time, n > 3.1 and 2 = T> 3.1 3.f> == 1 .85.
Combining these inequalities with the obvious inequality
9.6 < 10 < 10.85,
1.1. Radian Measure of an Arc 17
\VO get a rigorous proof of the fact that inequality (1.4)
is fulfilled for k = G, and the point P
I O
lies in the third
quadrant since the remainder of the division of 7 by 4
is equa1 to 3.
In similar fashion, we find that the inequalities
< 8 < n(k+1)
2 2
1
' 1 f 1 5' n5 3.25 8 d rtf
are va l( or te=:: , Since 2 < 2 == an 2 >
= 9.3. Consequently, the point e, lies in the
second .quadrant, since the remainder of the division of
the number k t 1 == 6 by 4 is equal to 2. The point P 8,
symmetric to the point ]J8 with respect to the zaxis, lies
in the third quadrant. ..
Example 1.1.8. Find in which quadrant the point
p lr; :1:
7
lies.
 I ,, J!
<lIllIII Let 11S find an integer k such that
nk/2 <Vs vr< rr (kt
1)/2.
(1.5)
To this end, we use the inequalities
2.2 < Y5< 2.3,
3
1.9<
whose validity is ascertained by squaring and cubing both
sides of the respective inequality (let us recall that if
both sides of an inequality contain nonnegative numbers,
then raising to a positive power is a reversible transforma
tion). Consequently,
/ 3V
7<4.1. (1.6)
Again, let us take into consideration that 3.1 < 3t < 3.2.
Therefore the fol lowing inequali ties are fulfilled:
1t (3)/2 < 4.65 < 4.3, (1.7)
1t (2)/2 > 3.2 > 4.1. (1.8)
From inequalities (1.6)(1.8) it Iol lows that (1.5) is
valid for k === 3, consequently, the point P 
lies in the second quadrant, since the remainder after the
division of the number 3 + 1 by 4 is equal to 2.
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18 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
1.2. Definitions of the Basic Trigonometric Functions
1. The Sine and Cosine Defined. Here, recall that in
school textbooks the sine and cosine of a real number t E
It is defined wi th the aid of a trigonometric mapping
1): R ~ :3.
_____ . . l . _ _ _ ~
A
y
o
Definition. Let the mapping P associate a number t ER
wi th the poi lit. J)/ on tl: 0 trigonometric circle. Then the
ordinate y of P I is called
the sine of the number t and
Jt  I{(COSf, sin t) is symbolized sin t ; and
the abscissa x of Pt is called
the cosine of the num
ber t and is denoted by
cos t.
Let us drop perpendicu
lars from the point P t on
the coordinate axes Ox and
Oy. Let X t and Y t denote
the feet of these perpendic
ulars. Then the coordinate
of the point Yt on the
yaxis is equal to Sill t, and the coordinate of the
point X t on the zaxis is equal to cos t (Fig. 6).
The lengths of the line segments OYt and OX t do not
exceed 1, therefore sin t and cos t are functions defined
throughout the number line whose values lie in the closed
interval [ 1, 1]:
D (sin t) == D (cos t) = R,
E (sin t) ~ E' (cos t) = [ 1, 1].
The important property of the sine and cosine (the
fundamental trigonometric identity): for any t ER
sin~ t ~ cos'' t === 1.
Indeed.tthe coordinates(x, y) of the point 1)t on the trig
onometric circle satisfy the relationship .y2 + y2=== 1,
and consequently cos" t + sin'' t = 1.
.Example 1.2.1. Find sin t and cos t if: (a) t === 31[/2,
(b) t = 13n12, (c) t = 15n/4, (d) t = 171[/6.
1.2. Definitions 19
A
Fig. 7
II
Ik 8
P,
In Example 1.1.6, it was shown that
P3n/2=I!(0, 1), P131t/2==B(O, 1),
P_
t 511
/
4
=ECV2/2, V2/2), P_171t/6==F(V3i2, 1/2).
Consequently, sin (3n/2) ::::: 1, cos (3n/2) == 0;
sin (13n/2) = 1, cos (13n/2) == 0; sin (15n/4) == V2/2,
cos (15n/4) == V2/2; sin (17rt/6) == 1/2,
cos (17n/6) =  Y3/2.
Example 1.2.2. Compare the numbers sin 1 and sin 2.
the points PI and P
2
on the trigonometric
circle: P
1
lies in the first quadrant and P2 in the second
quadrant since n/2 < 2< rt.
Through the point P2' we
pass a line parallel to the
zaxis to intersect the cir
cle at a point E. Then the
points E and P2 have equal
ordinates. Since LAOE = c
LP20C, E = P1t 2 (Fig. 7),
consequently, sin 2 ==
sin (n  2) (this is a partic
ular case of the reduction
formulas considered below).
The inequality rt  2 > 1
is valid, therefore sin (n 
2) > sin 1, since both
points PI and Pn2 lie in the first and when
a movable point traces the arc of the first quadrant
from A to B the ordinate of this point increases from 0
to 1 (while its abscissa decreases from 1 to 0). Conse
quently, sin 2 > sin 1.
Example 1.2.3. Compare the numbers cos 1 and cos 2.
The point P2 lying in the second quadrant has a nega
tive abscissa, whereas the abscissa of the point PI is
positive; consequently, cos 1 > 0 > cos 2.
Example 1.2.4. Determine the signs of the numbers
sin 10, cos 10, sin 8, cos 8.
It was shown in Example 1.1.7 that the point P
10
Iies
in the third quadrant, while the point P8 is in the second
quadrant. The signs of the coordinates of a point on the'
trigonometric circle are completely determined by the
2*
20 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
position of a given point, that is, by the quadrant in
which the point is Iouud. For instance, both coordinates
of any point lying in the third quadrant are negative,
while a point lying in the second quadrant has a negative
abscissa and a positive ordinate. Consequently, sin 10 < 0,
cos 10 < 0, sin 8 > 0, cos 8 < O. ~
Example 1.2.5. Determine the signs of the numbers
sin (Ys +V"7) and cos (YS+Vi]).
~ From what was proved in Example 1..1.8, it follows that
rr< V5 + =:;7 < 3n/2.
Consequently, the point P J I 5 ~ / 7 lies in the third
quadrant; therefore
sin (V:5 +V7) < 0, cos (YS+V7) < O. ~
Note for further considerations that sin t = 0 if and
only if the point P t has a zero ordinate, that is, P t = A
or C, and cos t = 0 is equivalent to that P
t
= B or D
(see Fig. 2). Therefore all the solutions of the equation
sin t == 0 are given by the formula
t = nn, nEZ,
and all the solutions of the equation cos t = 0 have the
form
3t
t=T+1'['n, nEZ.
2. The Tangent and Cotangent Defined.
Definition. The ratio of the sine of a number t ER to
the cosine of this number is called the tangent of the
number t and is symbolized tan t. The ratio of the cosine
of the number t to the sine of this number is termed the
cotangent of t and is denoted by cot t.
By definition,
t t
sin t t t cos t
an == cos t' co === sin t
. sin t II I
The expression  has sense for a rea values
cos t
'Of t, except those for which cos t ==0, that is, except
1.2. Dejtntuon
21
Fig. M
y
o
11:
for the values t ="2 +stk;
k EZ, and the expression
cot t has sense for all val
ues of t, except those for
which sin t = 0, that is,
except for t = stk, k E Z. C'
Thus, the function tan t is +,
defined on the set of all
real numbers except the
1t
numbers t = 2 +nk, k EZ.
The function cot t is defined
on the set of all real num
bers except the numbers
t == ttk, k EZ.
Graphical representation of the numbers tan t and cot t
wi th the aid of the trigonometric circle is very useful.
Draw a tangent AB' to the trigonometric circle through
the point A = Po, where B' = (1, 1). Draw a straight
line through the origin 0 and the point Pt and denote the
point of its intersection with the tangent AB' by Zt
(Fig. 8). The tangent AB' can be regarded as a coordi
nate axis with the origin A so that the point B' has the
coordinate 1 on this axis. Then the ordinate of the point
Zt Oil this axis is equal to tan t. This follows from the
sinril ari ty of the triangles OX tP t and OAZt and the defini
tion of tho function tan t. Note that the point of inter
section is absent exactly for those values of t for which
P
t
= B or D, that is, for t == + nn, nEZ, when the
function tan t is not defined.
Now, draw a tangent BB' to the trigonometric circle
through the point B and consider the point of intersection
Wt of the 1ine 01)t and the tangent. TIle abscissa of Wt
is equal to cot t. The point of intersection W
t
is
absent exactly for those t for which P t = A or C, that is,
when t = nn, nEZ, and the function cot t is not defined
(Fig. 9).
In this graphical representation or tangent and cotan
gent, the tangent linesAR' and BB' to the trigonometric
circle are called the line (or axis) of tangents and the line
(axis) of cotangents, respectively.
22 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
Example 1.2.6. Determine the signs of the numbers:
tan 10, tan 8, cot 10, cot 8.
.f)
Fig. 9
... In Example 1.2.4, it was shown that sin 10 < and
cos 10 < 0, sin 8 > and cos 8 < 0, consequently,
tan 10 > 0, cot 10 :>0, tan 8 < 0, cot 8 < 0.
(VJ, /)
o
h
Fig. 10
Example 1.2.7. Determine the sign of the number
cot (l!5+ V7) .
.... In Example 1.2.5, it was shown that sin (V5 + 1/7) <
0, _ and cos (l!s + 7) < 0, therefore cot (V 5 +
V7) >0.
1.3. Basic Properties 23
3n 17n
Example 1.2.8. Find tan t and cot t if 4
1731 i1:)".
0' 0
As in Item 3 of See. 1.1, we locate the points P31t/4.
P171t/4 (Fig. iDa), P171t/6' P11n/6 (Fig. 10b) on the trig
onometric circle and compute their coord ina tes:
Y2/2), P171t/l.(V2/2, V2/2),
p 17:t/6 (  V 1/2), [J
U1t
/
6
("V' 3/2,  1/2),
therefore tan (3n/4) = cot (3n/4) === 1., tan (t7n/4)
cot (17n/4) 1, tan (17Jt/6) == 1/Y3" z :': V
cot (17rr./6)==V3, tan (11n/6) = V3/3, cot(11n/6)==
V3.
1.3. Basic Properties of Trigonometric Functions
1. Periodicity. A function / with domain of deJinition
X === D (/) is said to be periodic if there is a nonzero num
bel' T such that for any x EX
.r + T EX and ,x  1
1
EX,
and the following equality is true:
f (z  .T) f (.x) == f (z + T).
The number T is then called the period of the function
f (x). A periodic function has infinitely many periods
since, along with T, any number of the form n'I', where n
is an integer, is also a period of this function. The smal
lest positive period of the function (if such period exists)
is called the fundamental period.
Theorem 1.1. The junctions f (z) ::.= sin x and f (x) ==
cos x are periodic ioiih. [undamenial period 231.
Theorem 1.2. The functions f (z') == tan :1: and f (.1') ::=
cot x are periodic ioith. fundamental period JT.
It is natural to carry 011t the proof of Theorems 1.1
and 1.2 using tho graphical representation of sine, eosine.
tangent, and cot nngen t wi th the aid of the trigonornetric
circle. To the real numbers x, :1; + 2n, and x  231,
there corresponds one and the same point P x on the
24 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
trigonometric circle, consequently, these numbers have
the same sine and cosine. At the same time, no positive
number less than 2n can be the period of the functions
sin x and cos x. Indeed, if T is the period of cos x, then
cos T == cos (0 + T) = cos 0 ::= 1. Hence, to the num
ber T, there corresponds the point P
T
with coordinates
(1, 0), therefore the number T has the form T === 2nn
(n EZ); and since it is positive, we have T ~ 2n. Similar
ly, if T is the period of the function sin x, then sin ( ~ +
T) = sin ~ = i, and to the number ~ + T there
corresponds the point P n with coordinates (0, 1).
T+T
Hence, ~ + T === ~ + 21tn (n EZ) or T = 2nn, that is,
~ 21t. ~
To prove Theorem 1.2, let us note that the points P
t
and P t +n are symmetric with respect to the origin for
any t (the number 1t specifies a halfrevol ution of the
trigonometric circle), therefore the coordinates of tho
points P
t
and Pt+1t are equal in absolute value
and have unlike signs, that is, sin t == sin (t + n),
sin t
cos t = cos (t t a). Consequently, tan t == :.==
cos t
sin (t+n) t (t +) t t cos t  cos (t +n)
~ == an 1t co  = 
 cos (t+n) ,sin t  sin (t+ rr)
cot (t + rr). Therefore rr is the period of the functions
tan t and cot t. To make sure that n is the fundamental
period, note that tan 0 == 0, and the least positive value
of t for which tan t == 0 is equal to rr. The same rea
soning is applicable to the function cot t. ~
Example 1.3.1. Find the fundamental period of the
function f (t) == cos! t + sin t.
~ The function f is periodic since
f (t + 2n) == cos
4
(t + 2n) f sin (t + 2n)
= cos" t + sin t.
No positive number T, smaller than 2rf., is the period
of ~ h e function f (t) since f (  ~ ) =F f (  ~ + T ) ::00
f ( T ). Indeed, the numbers sin (  ~ ) and sin ~
1.3. Basic Properties 25
are dist.iuct from zero and have unlike signs, the
numbers cos (  and cos +coincide, therefore
(
T) T) l' T
cos ""2 +sin ( ""2 =1= cos "2+sin "2' ..
Example 1.3.2. Find the fundamental period of the
function f eVSx) if it is known that T is the fundamental
period of the function f (x).
First of all, let 118 note that the points x  t, x,
x +. t belong to the domain of definition of the func
tion g(x)=fCV5x) if and only if the points xV5
t V5, x V5, x V5t t 5 belong to the domain of def
ini tion of the function f (x). The defini tion of the Iunc
tion g (x) implies that the equalities g (x  t) =
g (x) = g (x + t) and f (xV5  tVS) == f (xV5) ==
f (xV 5 + tV' 5) are equivalent. Therefore, since T' is the
fundamental period of the function f (.:r), the number
T/1!5 is a period of the function g (x); it is the funda
mental period of g (x), since otherwise the function g (x)
would have a period t < I'IV s: and, hence, the function
f (x) would have a period tV 5, strictly less than T.
Note that a more general statement is valid: if a Iunc
tion f (x) has the fundamental period 1', then the Iunc
tion g (x) = f (ax + b) (a =1= 0) has the Iundamental
period 1'/1 a I.
Example 1.3.3. Prove that the Iunction / (x) =
sin VTXT is not periodic.
<llIIIIII Suppose that T is the period of the function f (x).
'Ve take a positive x satisfying the equality sinj/' x,. 1.
rrlteJl sin Vx t._]' sill VX '1 hence Vx 1 l'  V'
2Jln tn EZ). But Vx t T >VX, therefore the Iol lowiug
inequality holds true:
Vx+ Vx.
Both sides of this inequality contain positive numbers,
consequently, when squared, this inequality will be re
placed by an equivalent one: .T 1 T 4n
2
I" 4n'V'x+
x or
+4n Vx.
26 1. Properties of Trigonometric Functions
Fig. t t
y
o
The obtained inequality leads to a contradiction since
the number Vxcan be chosen arbitrarily large and, in
particular, so that the inequality is not valid for the
given fixed number 1'.
2. Evenness and Oddness. Recall that a function f is
said to be even if for any x from its domain of defini tion
x also belongs to this domain, and the equality
j (x) === f (x) is valid. A function f is said to be odd if,
under the same conditions,
the equality f (x) ==
/ (x) holds true.
A couple of examples of
even functions: / (x) == x
2
,
f (x) === x
4
+V5x
2
+ rr.
A couple of examples of
A a odd functions: f(.7;) == II X3,
f (x) = 2x
5
+ nx
3
and arccos x ==
x
1.47. (a) arcsin x ~ arctan 
V1x
2
x
arceot y __ for O ~ x 1,
1x
2
V1x
2
(b) arcsin x = arceot for 0 < x ~ 1,
x
(c) arctan ~ = arceot x
z
. 1 x
= arCSIn == arccos 
Y1+x
2
Y1+x
2
'
arccot ~ = arctan x
x
. x 1
= arCSIn ~ __ = arccos
y 1+x
2
Y1+x
2
for x> o.
. 3 12 5
1.48. Express: (a) arcsin "5' (b) arccos 13' (c) arctan 12'
(d) arctan: in terms of values of each of the three
other inverse trigonometric functions.
1.49. Express: (a) arccos (  ~ ), (b) arctan (  2: )I
(c) arccot (  ;4) in terms of values of each of the
three other inverse trigonometric functions.
1.50. Find sin a if tan ex = 2 and 1t < a < 331/2.
Chapter 2
Identical Transformations
of Trigonometric Expressions
2.1. Addition Formulas
There are many trigonometric formulas. Most cause
difficulties to schoolpupils and those entering college.
Note that the two of them, most important formulas,
are derived geometrically. These are the fundamental
trigonometric identity sin" t + cos" t = 1 and the for
mula for the cosine of the sum (difference) of two numbers
which is considered in this section. Note that the basic
properties of trigonometric functions from Sec. 1.3
(periodicity, evenness and oddness, monotonicity) are
also obtained from geometric considerations. Any of
the remaining trigonometric formulas can be easily ob
tained if the student well knows the relevant definitions
and the properties of the fundamental trigonometric
functions, as well as the two fundamental trigonometric
formulas. For instance, formulas (1.10) and (1.11) from
Item 4 of Sec. 1.3 relating cos t and tan t, and also sin t
and cot t are not fundamental; they are derived Irom the
fundamental trigonometric identity and the definitions
of the functions tan t and cot t. The possibility of deriving
a variety of trigonometric formulas from a few funda
mental formulas is a certain convenience, but requires an
attentive approach to the logic of proofs. At the same
time, such subdivision of trigonometric Iormulas into
fundamental and nonfundamental (derived from the
fundamental ones) is conventional. The student should
also remember that among the derived formulas there are
certain formulas which are used most frequently, e.g.
doubleargument and halfargument formulas, and also the
formulas for transforming a product into a slim. To solve
problems successfully, these formulas should be kept in
mind so that they can be put to use straight. away. A good
technique to memorize such formulas consists in follow
42
2. Identical Transformations
ing attenti vely the way they are derived and solving
a certain number of problems pertaining' to identical trans
Iormations of trigonometric ex pressions.
1. The Cosine of the SUIll and Difference of Two Real
Numbers, One should not think that there arc several
basic addition formulas. We are going to derive the for
mula for the cosine of the sum of two real numbers and
o
I
Fig. 22
then show that other addition formulas are derived from
it provided that the properties of evenness and oddness of
the basic trigonometric functions are taken into consid
eration. .
1'0 prove this formula, we shall need the following note.
Under the trigonometric mapping
P: R+S
of the real axis R onto the trigonometric circle S (see
Item 3, Sec. 1.1), line segments of equal length go into
arcs of equal size. More precisely, this means the follow
ing. Let on the number line be taken four points: t
1
, t
2
,
' t 4 such that the distance from t
1
to t
2
is equal to the
distance from t:
J
to t
4
, that is, such that I tt  t
2
I ===
I t
3
: t
4
I, ~ n let P i
1
' P i
2
' P 1
3
, P i
4
be points on the
coordinate CIrcle corresponding to those points. Then the
arcs PtlP
t
, and t ~ t ~ are congruent (Fig. 22). Hence it
2.1. Addition Formulas 43
follows that the chords Ptil) t. and P t3
P
if, are also COIl
grueut: I e,, I == I PtaPt" I
Theorem 2.1: For any real numbers t and s the following
identity is valid:
cos (t + s) == cos t cos s  Sill t sin s. (2.1)
!I
Fig. 23
o
P
l
+
s
= (cos (t+8),
sin (t +s,
p 8 == (cos (s), sin (s)
= (cos 8, sin s).
Proof. Consider the point Po of intersection of the unit
circle and the positive direction of tIle zaxis, Po === (1, 0).
Then the corresponding points P b P t +$' and P s are im
ages of the point Po when
the plane is rotated about
the origin through angles
of t, t +s, and 8 radians
~  i g . 23).
By the definition of the
sine and cosine, the coordi
nates of the points P 17 P t +s'
and P8 will be:
P t = (cos t, sin t),
Here we have also used the basic properties of the evenness
of cosine and oddness of sine. We noted before the proof
of the theorem that the lengths of the line segments
PoPt +s and PsPt are equal, hence we can equate the
squares of their lengths. Thus, we get identity (2.1).
Knowing the coordinates of the points Po and P t +s, we
can find the square of the length of the line segment
PoPt +8: I PoPt +8 1
2
== (1 cos (t + S))2 + sin" (t + s) =
1  2 cos (t + s) + GOS
2
(t + s)  ~  sin" (t f S) Of, hy
virtue of the Iundnmental trigonometric identity,
r PoP
t
+
s
1
2
== 2  2 cos (t + s].
44 2. Identical Transformations
On the other hand,
I PsPt ~ = (cos s  cos t r ~ t (sin s  sin t):!
== cos" S  2 cos s cos t f cos" t
+ sin" 8 + 2 sin s sin t + sin? t
= 2  2 cos t cos s + 2 sin t sin s.
Here we have used the Iundurucul.al trigonometric identi
ty (1.9) once again. Consequently, from the equality
I PoP
t
+
s
1
2
= I r ;, 1
2
we get
2  2 cos (t + s) == 2  2 cos t cos s + 2 sin t sin s,
whence (2.1) follows. ~
Corollary 1. For any real numbers t and s we have
cos (t  s) == cos t cos s ~ sin t sin s. (2.2)
Proof. Let us represent the number t  s as (t + (8)
and apply Theorem 2.1:
cos (t  s) == cos (t + (s
== cos t cos (s)  sin t sin (s).
Taking advantage of the properties of the evenness of co
sine and oddness of sine, we get:
cos (t  s) = cos t cos s t sin t sin s. ~
In connection with the proof of identities (2.1) and (2.2),
we should like to note that it is necessary to make sure
that in deriving a certain identity we do not rely on anoth
er identity which, in turn, is obtained from the identity
under consideration. For instance, the property of the
evenness of cosine is sometimes proved as follows:
cos (t) = cos (0  t) ==cos 0 cos t t sin 0 Sill t == cos t,
that is, relying Oil the addition formula (2.2). \Vhen deriv
ing formula (2.2), we use the property of the evenness
of the function cos t. Therefore the mentioned proof of
the evenness of cos t may be recognized as correct
only provided that the student can justify the addition
formula cos (t  s) without using this property of cosine.
Example 2.1.1. Compute cos 8= cos 15.
2.1. Addition Formulas 45
...... Si rr j[. n t f f 1
...... ince 12 == 3"  4"' we ge l'OlnorlllU a
t=n./3 and
(2.2) for
rr ( nIt) rr 1t I _ 1t 1t
cos 12 = cos 3  7; == cos 3 COg 4 _t sm "3 SIn T
==: . V2 + V"'3 . \/2 == + {/fi
22 22
2. Reduction Formulas,
Corollary 2. For any real number t tne hare
(2.3)
(2.4)
(2.7)
(2.5)
(2.6)
(2.8)
(2.9)
(2.10)
cos (  t ) = sin t,
cos ( +t ) =0  sin t,
cos (rr t)  cos t,
cos (n +t) =  cos i :
Proof. Let ns use formula (2.2):
(
11: t) j[ n: t
cos 2 == cos 2 cos t+sm 2 SIn
== (l cos t 1 gin t sin t,
cos (n  t) == cos n cos t + sin n sin t
:::::: (1).eos t  Osin t = cos t,
which yields identities (2.3) and (2.5). We now use (2.1):
(
n) 1t . 11:
cos 2 1 t == cos 2: cos t  Sin 2"" SIn t
::::: Ovcos t1. sin t=:=  sin t,
cos (n 1 t) == cos n cos t _. sin rt sin t
= (1)cos tORin t==cos t.
These equalities prove identities (2.4) and (2.6).
Corollary 3. For any real number t uie have
sin (  t) cos t,
sin ( +t ) = cos t ;
sin (rr  t) :::: sin t,
sin (n t):=:  sin t,
46
2. Identical Trans formations
tan ~ +t) ", cott, t=l=nk,
cot ( ~ + t ) ~ 7  tan t,
t =1= ~ t rt If ,
Proof. Let us use identity (2.3):
cos t = cos ( ~  ( ~  t ) ) ==siu ( ~ + t) ,
which yields identity (2.7). From identity (2.3) and the
property of evenness of cosine there follows:
cos t = cos (  t) = cos ( ~  ( ~ I t ) ) = sin ( ~ I t) ,
which proves identity (2.8).
Further, by virtue of (2.8) and (2.3), we have:
sin (31  t) = sin ( ~ + ( ~  t ) ) =cos ( ;  t ) = sin t,
and from identities (2.8) and (2.4) we get:
sin (31 + t) = sin ( ~ + ( ~ +t ))
= cos ( ~ + t) = sin t. ~
Remark. Using formulas (2.3)(2.10), we can easi ly
obtain reduction formulas for cos ( 3; + t) , cos (231 t),
sin ( ~ 1 t + t) , sin (231  t). The reader is invited to do
this as an exercise.
Example 2.1.2. Derive the reduction formula for
cos ( ~ 1 t  t ) .
~ Using formulas (2.6) and (2.3), we have
cos ( ~ 1 t  t ) = cos (31 +( ~  t ) ) =  cos ( ~  t )
==sint. ~
Corollary 4. The reduction [ormulas for tangent and
cotangent are
tan (; t) =cott,
cot ( ~  t ) = tan t,
()
n. k
tan n  t ==  tan t , t =1= "2 1, Jt ,
cot (n t) =: cot t ; t =f= sck (k EZ).
2. Identical Transformations
Adding (2.30) and (2.31) tcrmwise and dividing both sides
of tho equality by 2, we get identity (2.28). Similarly,
identity (2.29) is obtained from the halfdifference of
equalities (2.30) and (2.31).
8. Transforming the Expression a sin t + b cos t by
Introducing an Auxiliary Angle.
Theorem 2.2. For any real numbers a and b such that a
2
+
b
2
=#= 0 there is a real number qJ such that for any real value
of t the following identity is valid:
a sin t + bcos t ==Va
2
+b
2
sin (t + cp). (2.32)
For rp, we may take any number such that
cos cp == a/Va
2
+b
2
, (2.33)
sin q> == blVa
2
+ b
2
(2.34)
Prooj. First, let us show that there is a number cp which
simultaneously satisfies equalities (2.33) and (2.34). We
define the number cp depending on the sign of the num
ber b in the following way:
(2.35)
b<O. for
for
a
rp ==  arccos "II
JI a
2
+b
2
The quantity arccos y a is defined since y Ial ::::;; 1
a
2
+b
2
a
2
+b
2
(see Item 2, Sec. 1.4). By definition, we have:
cos q> ==cos (I q> I) = cos (arccos Va) = Va.
a
2
+b
2
a
2
+b
2
From the fundamental trigonometric identity it follows
that
2
sin
2
rn 1 cos en =:.: 1_ _ a__
r 't' a
2
+b
2
b
2
or [sin cp J = IbI . Note tha t the sign of sin rp co
Va
2+b2
incides with the sign of <p since I {P I rr. The signs of
the numbers rp and b also coincide, therefore
. b
SIn q> == 
Ya
2
+b
2
1+tan
2
!:..
2 2
1+
2 2
2
n
Corollary 3. For any real numbers cx, except ex == 2 +
nk, a n + 2nll (It, n EZ) the following identity holds:
tan ct :::::=
a.
2 tan 2"
1tan
2
2
(2.44)
Proof. Note that, by hypothesis, cos a does Hot vanish,
and the condition of Corollary 2 is fulfilled. Consequently,
we may use the definition of tangent and then divide
termwise identi ty (2.42) by identity (2.43) to get
2 tan 1 !!:
sin a 2 2
tan a == == ....
cos ex. a. ex.
1+tan
2
2
1+tan
2
"2
ex.
2tanT
1tan
2
.!!:.
2
58 ~ . Identical Transformations
Remark. This formula can also be derived from (2.13).
Indeed,
ex.
2tanT
tan Cot = tan ~ + ~ ) = a .
1tan
2

2
Corollary 4. For any real numbers a) except ex === sin
(n EZ), the identity
(2.45)
1tan
2
~
2
a
2tanT
c o t a ~
is fulfilled.
Proof. The values of the number a satisfy the require
ments of Corollary 2 and sin a does not vanish, therefore
identity (2.45) follows directly from the definition of
cotangent and identities (2.42) and (2.43):
t  tan
2
!!: 2 tan ~
cot ex, == C?S a. == 2_ 2
SUi a. a. a
1+ta0
2
"2 1+ta0
2
2
ex,
1=tan
2
2
ex.
2 tan "2
Example 2.2.1. Evaluate sin (2 arctan 5).
llIIIIII Let us use formula (2.42). If we set ex, = 2 arctan 5,
then 0 < ex, < 1t and a/2 = arctan 5, and, by virtue of
(2.42), we have
(J,
2 tan 2 2 tan (arctan 5) 2.5 5
sin ex =::.  1+(tao (arctan 5)}2 = 26" == 13 ~
1+tan
2
!!..
2
Example 2.2.2. Evaluate cos (2 arctan (7.
a
<lIIIIIII Let us denote ex == 2 arctan ( 7), then tan 2 ::=: 7
and n<a<O. Using formula (2.43), we get
1tan
2
~
2 149 24
cos a == t+tan
2

a
 == 1+49 =  25 ~
2
2.2. Double, Triple, and Half Arguments 59
EX81upie 2.2.3. Evaluate tan (2 arctan i3).
a == 2 arctan 3, we get tan!!: == 3 > 1 and
2
Jt
2" < ex < n. (Ising formula (2.44), we get
o:
2tanT
tana==.;
1tan
2
2
3. Trtgonometrle Formulas of Half Argument,
Corollary 5. For any real number a the following identi
ties are valid:
a + .. /1+cosa
cos 2"==  V 2 '
. a _. + . / icos a
SIn 2  V 2 '
(2.46)
(2.47)
where the sign depends on the quadrant in which the point
p a/2 lies and coincides with the sign of the values contained
on the lefthand sides of the equalities (in that quadrant).
Proof. Applying identity (2.40), we get
whence
1+cos (2,"*)
2
1+cos a
2
Icos I= 11 1+ a .
To get rid of the modulus sign, the expression cos
should be given the sign corresponding to the quadrant
lies in; whence follows formula (2.46). Similarly
(2.41) yields equality (2.47). .
Corollary 6. .For any real number C't, except ex = n (2n +
1) (n EZ), the following identities are valid
t
a l/ icosa
au=
2 1+cos a
60 2. Identical Transformations
(the sign before the radical depends on the quadrant the
point P a/2 lies in),
a sina
tan 2 == 1+cos a. (2.49)
Proof. Identity (2.48) is obtained if we take into consid
eration that cos a, =t= 0 and divide identity (2.47) by
(2.46) termwise. Further, by virtue of (2.36) and (2.40),
we have:
. a
ex. SlllT
tan 2= a.
cosT
2 sin s. COl .!!:
2 2 sin Ct
2  1+cos a.
2
Corollary 7. For any real number ct, except ct == sin
(n EZ), the following identity is valid:
t ex _ icos a.
anT sin ce
(2.50)
Proof. In this case the condition sin =1= 0 is ful
filled, therefore from (2.:::>6) and (2.41) there follows
2 sin
2
!:..
2
a.
cosT
. a.
sln
2
2
cos
2 2
_ 2 icos (2 (a/2)) == icos a.
 sin (2 (a/2 sin ex. .......
Corollary 8. For any real value of ct, except a == 2nn,
nEZ, the following identities hold true:
cot === + 1//" 1 a.
2  Y icos a
(2.51)
(the sign before the radical depends on the quadrant the
point P a/2 lies in)
a sin ce
cot
T
== icosa
(2.52)
Proof. Since by hypothesis sin *0, formula (2.51)
is obtained after terrnwise division of (2.46) by (2.47).
2.2. Double, Triple, and Half Arguments 61
From identities (2.36) and (2.41) it also Iol lows that
1+t:osct
sina
2' a a
sui 2: cos 2 sin a
== icos a
a
ex; cosT
cot==
2 .ct 2'2a
SID 2 SIn 2:
Corollary 9. For any real number a, except a === tin, nEZ,
the following identity is valid:
.
SIll ex.
Proof. By virtue of (2.36) and (2.40), we have:
a 2 cos
2
.!!..
cosT 2
cot'!!:' == 
2 . ex. 2 sin !: cos 5::..
SIll "'2 2 2
Example 2.2.4. Evaluate sin , cos , tan .
us first apply identities (2.40) and (2.47) with
ex == and take the radical to be positive since
belongs to the first quadrant. We have:
V
j(
1+cos T V 2+1/2
cos == 2 2
4
8. 2
12=172
2
Further,
tan
8
1C
SIn"8 V2=l!2

1C 2+ V2
cos
R
I (2 y"2)2 
= 1 (2+ )/"2) (2 V 2) =0 V2 1.
Example 2.2.5. Evaluate cos ( arccos (  +d )
... Let IX = arccos (*), then cos IX =  io, 0 <
ex < nand lies in the first quadrant. Now, using
62
2. 1den tical Trans formations
formula (2.16) with a positive radical, wo get
(
1 (1 )) .. / 1+cos a
C08 2" arCC08 10 :=:: V 2
 /
==./~ = = ~
V 21 ~ 11 ~ .
4. Trigonometric Formulas of Triple Argument.
Theorem 2.4. For any real numbers a the following
identities are valid:
sin 3ex = 3 sin a  4 sin" a, (2.53)
cos 3ex = 4 cos" a  3 cos cx. (2.54)
Proof. From (2.11), (2.36), (2.39) and the fundamental
trigonometric identity it follows that
sin 3a =: sin (a +2ex) == sin ex cos 2a +cos a sin 2a
== sin ex (12 sin
2
a) +cos ex (2 sin ex cos ex)
== sin a  2 sin" ct + 2sin a C O ~ a
:=: sin ex  2 sin" ex +2 sin ex (1 sin ex)
== 3 sin (X 4 sin" ex.
Further, by virtue of (2.1), (2.36), (2.38), and the funda
mental trigonometric identity, we have
cos 3ex == cos (ex + 2a) = cos ex cos 2ex  sin ex sin 2a
=== cos ex (2 cos'' ex  1)  sin ex (2 sin ex cos a)
= 2 cos ex  cos a  2 sin? a cos a
= 2 cos" ex  cos Ow  2 (1  cos ce) cos a
== 4 cos" ex  3 cos a. ~
Example 2.2.6. Evaluate cos ( 3 arccos ( *)).
~ Let a = arccos (  ~ ) , then cos =  ~ . We make use
of identity (2.54) to get
cos 3a == 4 cos" a  :i cos ex
= 4 (  2
17
)  3 (  i )= 1  2; = ; ~ ~
2JJ. Trigonometric Trtms lormntions
Example 2.2.7. Evaluate sin( 3 arcsin t) .
L
1 tl . 1 W
~ et a == arcsin 5"' len Sill a == 5 e use
ty (2.53); whence there follows:
. 1 1 71
SIn 3a == 3 5  4. 12fi =: 125. ~
identi
n Jt
j[ rr rt ) tan T
t an
6
tan12=tan (46 = :It :It
1+tanTtanT
2.3. Solution of Problems Involving
Trigonometric Transformations
1. Evaluation of Trigonometric Expressions. A number
of problems require the value of a trigonometric function
for values of the argument that have not been tabulated.
nor can be reduced to tabular values by reduction or
periodicity formulas, that is, they do not have the form
nk/6 or nk/4, k EZ. Sometimes, the value of the argu
ment can be expressed in terms of such tabular values
and then apply the addition formulas for half or multiple
arguments.
Example 2.3.1. Evaluate t n ~
~ Since ~ = ~  ~ , we may apply formula (2.14) for
the tangent of a difference:
. 1
1+1'r
J 3
\/31 (V31)2 y
V3+1 = (;/3+1) (:/31) = 2 3. ~
Example 2.3.2. Evaluate cot ~ ~ .
.... Noting that ~ ~ = ~ + ~ , we apply formula (2.15)
for the cotangent of a sum:
11, j[
5n (3t 3't) cot T cot 6
1
cot 12 ~ cot 4 1 6 == n Jt
cot T+c.ot T
1'l
/
3 1 (/31)2 =2Y3. ~
1+l"'3 31
64 2. l dentical Transiorm.attons
In the cases when the argument is expressed in terms of
inverse trigonometric functions, we have to transform the
given expression so as to take advantage of the definition
of inverse trigonometric functions.
Example 2.3.3. Evaluate
A t
(
3n 1 ( 4 ) )
:= an T4arcsln 5
~ Using first identity (2.50) for the tangent of half argu
ment and then the corresponding reduction formula,
we get
icos ( 3; i arcsin ( i))
A == 3rt 1 4
sin ( 22" arcsin ( 5 ) )
1+sill ({ arcsin ( }) )
cos ( ~ arcsin (  :))
We set a,arcsin ( _..!), then sin a==:  54, ~ <
\ 5 2
ex < 0, cos? ex = 1sin
2
ex ~ 1  (  ~ ) 2 = 21)5. Conse
quently, cos a = i, arul , by virtne or (2.47) and (2.46)
for the sine and cosine of half argument, we get
r3
sin ~ ==.: _ ... / 1 cos a == _ V1 5 1_
2 V 2 2  VS'
!!: _ .. /' 1+cos a _ V
1
+ ~ __2 _
cos 2  V 2  2  V5
The signs before the radicals have been determined
from the condition  ~ < ex < O. Finally,
2.8. Trigonometric Transformations 65
Example 2.3.4. Evaluate
. 3 + . 12
arcsin 5 arcsin 13
...... Lt 3 A 12 Tl . 3
....... e a::=: arcsin 5' )J arcsrn 13 len SIn ex ==""5 .,
n . 12 n
O<a<T' < T
and
i.e. the number ex + lies in the domain of values of
arc cosine. Since the points Pa and Pfl lie in the first
quadrant,
Cos a == V1sin
2
a == 4/5,
cos == V1  sin
2
== 5/13,
and we may apply formula (2.'1) for the cosine of a sum:
cos (a + cos a cos  sin a sin
4 5 3 12 16
=== 5 13  5 13 ==  6fl '
whence it follows that a + = arccos ( 
When solving such problems, a common error consists
in that the magnitude of the argument a + is not
aken into account. They reason like this: by the formula
or the sine of the sum of numbers, we may write
sin (ex + :== sin a cos +cos a sin
3 5 4 12 63
===5'[3+513==65'
tand then conclude incorrectly that a + = arcsin
although the number a + does not belong to the do
main of values of are sine since a + > ;.
Example 2.3.5. Evaluate arctan 4arctan 5.
Let a == arctan 4, arctan 5, then tan a = 4,
O<a< ,tan:p=5, 0 </3 < and  ; < a/3 <
n
2 Let us use formula (2.14):
tan ccetan B
45 1
1+4.5 = 2[
66 2. 1d.entical Trnnsjormnttons
Consequeul.l y, afJ arctan (  ;1 )since the number
ex  f1 lies ill the doruaiu of values of arc tangent.
Example 2.3.6. Evalualc si u Hl" sin ;:1U
u
siu 50 sin 70.
us make use of the reduction formuJa (2.3) and
multiply the given expression by cos 10; we get
cos '1 (}o si n '10 si n :30 cos 40 cos 20.
Now, we mav apply Iormu lu (2.3H) for the sine of (1 double
angle for three ti IHOS, numclv:
cos 10 ;(.c sin 3(,cos 20cos 4uo
= (2 cos 10sin 10) cos :wo cos 4()0
1 1 1 . 200 , 20 0) .
==: 2 . '2 '"2 sm cos cos
_ 1 . 1 (9 lo:' f.00 I. ()O) _ '1 ,,' SOl")
8" "2 ...... m COS l _. W sin .
Since the initial expression was multiplied by cos 10
1
sin 80, it is now obvious that it is equnl to 16.
Example 2.3.7. Prove the eq uality
1 tf3_
4
sin 10  cos 10 
both sides of the equality hy the number
sin 10 cos 10 which is not zero. This transformation
is reversible, and the equality being proved now has the
form
or
2 ( cos 10  sin 10) = 2 sin 20,
2 sin (30
0
10) == 2 sin 20.
We have used formulas (2.36) and (2.12) and have shown
that both sides of the equality are equal to the same
number 2sin20.
The examples considered above show that in computa
tional problems it is often convenient first to carry out
simplifications with the aid of known trigonometric for
2.3. Trigonometric Transformations 67
mulas. For instance, it is useful to single out the expres
sion of the form sin" ex t cos" a which is equal to 1 by
virtue of the fundamental trigonometric identity.
Example 2.3.8. Evaluate
't. n; L 4 3n L 4 531 + 4 'ln
sin 8 I'COS 8.
S1D
8 cossj.
~ A long solution would be first to compute the
I
. n 3n. 5n d 7n th th
va ues SIn 8' cos 8' SID 8' an cos 8 WI e
aid of halfargument formulas and then to raise the
terms to the fourth power and to add them together.
However, we first use reduction formulas (2.3), (2.8), and
(2.5) according to which
3n: (n 1t ) 1t
cos 8 = cos 2  8 == SIn 8 '
. 5rt . (n; + 1t ) 1t t
SIll 8=sln 2 8 ==cos 8. coss
Consequently, the given expression can be rewritten as
follows:
2 (sin
4
~ + cos! ~ )
=2 (sin
2
~ +cos
2
~ V22sin
2
; cos
2
;
= 21sin
2
~ = = 2  .!. ==~
4 2 2
Here, we have used the fundamental trigonometric iden
tity, formula (2.36) for the sine of a double angle, and
also the tabular value sin ~ = ~ ~
Example 2.3.9. It is known that cos q> + sin q> = a,
\vhere q> and a are real numbers. Find sin'' (p + cos3 (p.
~ sin
3
cp +cos
3
q>
= (sin <p +cos fP) (sin
2
cp sin <p cos (P +cos
2
q
=a { ~ (sin
2
cp +cos
2
cp)
 i (sin
2
cp + 2 sin cp cos cp +cos
2
cp) )
68 2. I dentical Transformations
=a ( :  (sin rp +cos q2) =a ( _ )
3 1
=2 a
2a
3
Example 2.3.10. Evaluate
A == cos 70 cos 10 +cos BO cos 20 .
cos 68 cos 8+cos 82 cos 22
First use the reduction formulas and then formula (2.2)
for the cosine of the difference between two numbers:
A = cos 70 cos 10+cos (90 10) cos (90
0
 70)
cos 68 cos 8 +cos (90  8) cos (90
0
 68)
cos 70 cos 10+sin 10 sin 70 cos (70
0
10)
= cos 68 cos 8+sin 8 sin 68  cos (68  8)
cos 60
= cos 600 :=: 1.
Example 2.3.11. Find sin and cos I if
+. A 21 + A 27 d
sm c Sln p == 65' cos ce COSt' = 65' an n<ex
It follows from the two equalities that
(27)2+(21)2
(cos a +cos +(sin ct +sin = (65)2 ,
whence we get:
(cos
2
ex + sin'' a) + 2 (cos ct cos + sin ex sin +
(cos" + sin'' = 18/65,
1 +2 cos +1 = 18/65,
1+cos (ex ==: 9/65,
2 cos = 9/65.
Consequently, by virtue of the inequalities <
ap < 3n
2 2
3
cos 2 =  V130
2.3. Trigonometric Transformations 69
Transform the sum of two sines into a product using
formula (2.17):
A 2
SUl ex, + SIn tJ = SIll 2 COS 2
= _ 3 Y2 81.n
V65 2
Consequently,
,. _ ( 21). ( 3 V2 ) _ 7
8111
2
  6"5 ;  y65 Yi30
Sinrilarly, by virtue of the identity (2.21), we get
cos
3 1;/2
=  V65 cos 2
Therefore
( 27). ( 3 V2 ) _ 9
cos 2  65 ;  y65  Y130
An interesting method of solving problems on computing
the values of trigonometric expressions consists in the
following: we Iirst try to find and then apply an algebraic
condition which is satisfied by the given expression. Here
is an instructive example: sin = sin 72 = cos 18.
Example 2.3.12. Prove that
cos 18 = V 5+
8
V
5
Consider the continued identity based 011 the formula
for the sine of a double argument:
cos 18 sin 18 cos 36 = (2 sin H;o cos 18) cos 36
= sin (2 18) cos 36 = sin 36 cos 36
= (2 sin 36 cos 36) = 1sin 72
i 1
::=: "4cos (90
0
 72
0
) :=: 7; cos 18 ,
70 2. Identical Trans formations
which yields the equality
sin 18cos 36=, 1'
since cos 18=1= O. Using formula (2.39), we write cos 3n:==
1  2 sin" 18 and, consequently, got the relationship
sin 18(1 2 sin
2
18) = 1
or
8 sin" 18  4 sin 18 t 1 == 0,
that is, au algebraic equation which is satisfied by tho
number sin 18. Setting sin 18== x, we can solve the
cubic equation thus obtained
8x
3
 4x l 1 === 0
by factorizing its lefthand side by grouping the terms in
the following way:
8x
3
 4x + 1 == 2x (4x
2
 1)  (2x  1)
== (2x  1) (4x
2
+ 2x  1).
Consequently, our cquat.ion r takes the form: (2x1) X
I. 2. 1) . b 1 1  1/5
~ +2x ~ 0, Its roots erng Xi == 2" ' x
2
:.:..=.. 4 '
1"
x
a
= it l 5 . Since 0 < 18< sin 30= ~ (by Theo
rem 1.4), then Xi =;6 sin 18, X
2
:;6: sin 18, consequently,
sin 18= it 1
/
5 . Hence (since cos 18> 0)
2. Slmplifylng Trigonometric Expressions and Proving
Trigonometric Identities. The usual method of proving
a trigonometric identity consists in that one of its sides
is transformed wi th the aid of various trigonometric and
algebraic operations and also with the aid of the rela tion
2.3. Trigonometric Tranelornuitions
71
ships given in the hypothesis so as to get finally the ex
pression which represents the other side of the identity.
We can make sure that the lefthand and righthand sides
coincide, transforming them separately so as to get
equal expressions. It is onJy reguired that all the trans
formations carried out he reversible in the domain of per
missible values of the arguments of the given equality
(that is, for all val nes of the arguments for which all the
expressions involved in the given identity make sense).
This means that not only from each equality obtained
during the process of transformations there follows a con
sequent equality, but also vice versa, the preceding equa
lity itself must follow from the consequent one. This meth
od of reasoning, of course, seems to be rather general
and is used for solving equations and systems as well as
for proving and solving inequalities.
Example 2.3.13. Prove that if
sin (xa) _ a
sin  b '
and aB + bA =1= 0, then
cos(xa)
cos
A
If
aA+bB
aB+hA
aA+bB
cos 
aB+bA
Using identities (2.11), (2.3()), .(2.17), we get
Sill (xa) cos (xa) +
b B 1

sin (.T.a) _1_ cos (:tex)
h R sin I cos
sin (x  ex) cos (x _.a) +sin (x cos (x
== sin (xa) cos (xa) sin
'1
2 (sin 2 (x  a) +Sill 2 (x  Ii))
sin ((.r.  a) r (:r
== sin (2x (a + cos (a  == cos (a
sin (2x  (ex r
The last transformation consisted i It dividing both the
numerator and denominator of the fraction by the IlUln
her sin (2x  (a + This transformation is reversible
72 2. Identical Transformations
. . (2 (+ A (aB+bA)sin I 0
SInCe SIn x  ex p bB rr:
for the values of the arguments x, (x, p considered
in the problem.
Example 2.3.14. Simplify the expression
sin" 2a cos 6a + cos" 2a sin oa.
Applying formulas (2.53) and (2.54) for the sine and co
'sine of a triple argument and also formula (2.11), we get
sin" 2a cos 6a +cos" 2a sin 6a
(
3 2 1. 6) (.
== "4 Sill et
4
SIn a cos nee
+t: cos 2a +1cos (la ) sin Ha
3_
2
6 t:
= 4 SIll a COS a7; SIn \Jet cos va
+: cos 2a sin 6a +{ cos 6a sin 6a:
= : (sin 2a cos (ja +cos 2a sin 6a)
= : sin (2a +fla) = : sin 8a.
All the transformations carried out are reversible, and
any real value of ex is permissible.
Example 2.3.15. Prove that the expression
2 (sin" x + cos
6
x)  3 (sin" x + cos! x)
is independent of x.
Apply the fundamental trigonometric identity:
2 (sin" x + cos" x)  3 (sirr' x + cos! x)
= 2 ((sin
2
X)3 + (cos'' X)3)  3 sin' x  3 cos" X
=== 2 (sin" x + cos'' x) (sin" x  sin'' x cos'' x +cos" x)
 3si1l
4
X  3 cos! X
== 2 (sirr' x  sin? x cos? x + cos" x)
 3 sin" x  3 cos! X
= (sin
4
x + 2 sin" x cos'' x + cos! x)
== (sin
2
x + cos" X)2 == 1.
2.3. Trigonometric Transformations 73
One should remember that in problems on transforming
a trigonometric expression it is always supposed, although
frequently not stipulated explicitly, that the given
expression must be transformed in the domain of its
definition, that is, only for the values of the arguments
for which the suggested expression has sense.
Example 2.3.16. Prove the identity
3+4 cos 4a+cos 8a t
4
')
34cos 4a+cos 8a = co .(1.
...1'he righthand side of the identity is defined for num
bers a such that sin 2a =1= 0, but it is not yet clear whether
the domain of the righthand side coincides with the do
main of the lefthand side, which is defined by the condi
tion 3  4 cos 40:. + cos Ba =1= O. It is not convenient to
begin the solution by determining the domain of the left
hand side. One has first to carry out formal transforma
tions using identities (2.40) and (2.41):
3+4 cos 4.a+cos Sa _ 2+4 cos 4a+2 cos
2
4a
34 cos 4a+cos Set  24cos 4a+2 cos
2
4a
2 (1+2 cos 4a+cos
2
4a) _ 2 (1+cos 4a)2
2 (12 cos 4a +cos
2
4a)  2 (1 cos 4a)2
2 (2 cos 2a)2
== 2 (2 sin2 2a)2 == cot
4
2a.
As a result of these transformations, it has been cleared
up, in passing, that the denominator of the lefthand
side is equal to 2 (2 sin" 2a)2, and the domain of defini
tion of the lefthand side coincides with that of the
righthand side. In the given domain of definition
sin 2a =1= 0, that is, a =1= ~ k k EZ, and all the transforma
tions carried out are reversible. ~
When proving identities involving inverse trigonomet
ric functions, their domains of defini tion should be treated
attenti vely.
Example 2.3.17. Provo that if x E[0, 1], y E[0, 1J,
then the following identity holds true:
arcsin x +arcsin y ==.: arccos (V1 x
2
V1 y2 xy) .
Let 0:. == arcsin x, ~ = arcsin y, then sin a == x> 0,
~ a ~ n/2, sin ~ == y?3 0, ~ ~ ~ n/2, ~ a + ~ ~
74 2. Identical Transformations
11, and the number a + lies in the range of arc cosine.
Further note that
cos ex V1 x
2
, cos :.::.; V 1 y2 ,
since the points P'; and P
y
lie in the first quadrant. Now,
we may apply formula (2.1) for the cosine of a SUIIl to get
cos (ex cos a cos  sin ex; sin
=== V1 x
2
V1 y2  xy.
Hence it follows that
a + ;= arccos (V1 x
2
V1 y2  xy) ,
since ex + E[0, n],
Note that the identity being proved ceased to be valid
if the condition x E[0, 1] and Y E[0, 1] are not fulfilled.
For instance, for x = 1/2, y = 1/2 the lefthand
side is negative, while the righthand side is positive.
3. Transforming Sums and Products of Trlgonometr!c
Expressions.
Example 2.3.18. Find the product
p = cos ex cos 2a cos 4a . . . cos 2
lta
for a =1= nk, k EZ.
the given product by the number sin a whic h
is nonzero by hypothesis (a =1= ttk, k EZ). ThIs trans
formation is reversible, and we get
P sin a. = (sin a. cos a) cos 2a ... cos 2
1t
a
= { sin 2a cos 2a cos 4a ... cos 2" a
= (2 sin 2a cos 2a) cos 4a cos 2" a
= ;3 sill 8a ... cos 2" a ,= .
_ 1 2 u. 2n 1. 21t+1
 SIn ex cos ex = 2
n
+
1
SIn (1,.
Consequently,
1 sin 2
n
+
1
a
p == 2n+1 sin a
2.9. Trigonometric Transjormations 75
Example 2.3.19. Compute the sum
S = sin a + sin 2a + ... + sin na,
~ If a =: nk (k EZ), then S == sin nk + sin Znk + . 0 +
sin nstk = 00 Let a =1= nk (k EZ). We multiply the suru
S by sin ~ =1= 0, and then use formula (2.29) for the
product of sines. We get
S
a (si + 0 2 + in nee) a.
SIn 2 = SID (X SIn a ... + SIn na SIn 2
.a+02. (1..+ lsi . (J,
== SIll a SIll 2 SIn a SIn 2 SIn na SIn 2
= ~ (cos ~ _ cos ~ a + ~ (cos 3; _cos 5; )
+
+
1 ( (2n3) a (2n1) (1,)
0 2 cos 2  cos 2
+
1 (2n1)a (2n+2)a)
2" COS 2 cos 2
1( a (2n+1)C'.t). (n+1)a. no:
~ 2 cos 2
COS
2 = SIn 2 SIn 2
(we have also applied formula (2.22)), \VhCllCU
(n+1) a . na
sill 2 SIn 2
s= . ~
" a
SID 2
Example 2.3.20. Compute the sum
S = cos a + cos 2a  ~ ... + cos na,
~ If a == 2nk, k EZ, then
S == cos 2nk t cos 4nk + . . . + cos nsik
= 1 + ... t 1 = n,
Let a =1= 2nk, k EZ, then sin ~ =f=. 0 and, using the
formulas (2.27) and (2.18), we get
S
. a
SIn 2""
a L' a. 2 I +' ex,
==: SIn 2 cos ex I SIn 2 cos a.... SIn 2 cos na
76 2. Identical Transformations
1 (. 3a . a) I 1 (. 5 . 3a)
== 2 SIn 2  SIn 2 ..  2" SIll 2" ex SIn 2
+
+
1 (. a . (2n1) a)
2 SIn 2  SIn 2 .
1 (. (2n+1)a, . a) . no: (n+l)a
=="2 SIll 2  SIll 2 === SIll 2 cos
Consequently,
(n+1) a
2
. na
SlIl 2 cos
. ex
sluT
Example 2.3.21. Prove the identity
1 a, 1 a. 1 a
"2tauT+t; tan T+ .. + 2n tan 2U
1 a
==21lcot
First, we prove a useful auxiliary formula:
sin x cos x
tanxcota== .
cos x SIn x
cos
2
xsin
2
x == _ 2 cos 2x
sin x cos X sin 2x
:=;.  2cot 2x.
1 a I
Then we subtract the number 2
n
cot 2
n
from t re left
hand side of the identity and apply n times the formula
just derived:
1 a 1 ex, 1 ex.
"2tan 2 +. 4 tan T 1 + 21t1 tan 2n1
1 a, 1 a.
t 2n tan 211 cot 211
1 a 1 ex, 1 a
== 2 tan T +4 tan T + + 2n1 tan 2n 1
1 ( ex a) 1 a 1 a
+
 tan cot  == tanI tan 
2
n
2
n
2
n
2 . 2 4 4
1 a 1 a
+ 1 2n1 tan 2n  1  2n  1 cot 27H'
1 a 1 a 1 a
== 2 tan 2 +T tanT1 .  2n2 cot 2n2
Problems
1 a 1 a 1 a
== . == "2 tan T + 4 tan T  "4cot T
1 ex, 1( a a)
  tan  + tan   cot 
2 2 4 4 4
1 ex 1 a
 tan cot
 2 2 2 2
1 (a. a )
=="2 tan TcotT == eota.
77
The given identity follows from this continued equality.
Note that the domains of definition of both sides of the
given identity coincide with the set of real numbers Ow
such that sin a =1= 0, that is, a =f= stle, k EZ.
PROBLEMS
In Problems 2.1 to 2.17, prove the given identities:
tan 2t +cot 35 tan 2t
2.1. cot2t+tan3s = tan Bs '
cos
2
t  cos'' 5
2.2. cot
2
tcot
2s=
. 2 t . 2
sin SIn s
sin 4a. cos 2a. t ( 3 )
2.3. 2 == co  n  a
1+cos 4a 1+cos ex 2
2.4. (cos ex  cos ~ 2  (sin ex  sin ~ 2
ap
=  4sin
2
2 cos (a r ~
sin! t+cos
4
t1 2
2.5. sine t+cos
6
t1  3
2.6. cot ttan t2 tan 2t ~ 4 cot 4t.
2.7. tan Bt tan 4t  tan 2t ~ tan 6t tan 4t tan 2t.
2 8 t 3t
 3 tan ttanSt
ant   1_ 3 tan 2 t
2.9. sin! t = ~ (cot 4t  4 cos 2t + ; ) .
2.10. cos 4t = Scos! t8cos t+ 1.
2 tt
34cos2t+cos4t_t 4t
3+4 cos 2t+cos 4t  an
78
2. Identical Transformations
2.12. cos t +cos (t +s) +cos (t+ 28).
(
ns ) ( n+1 )
cos t+
2
sin 2 8
+ ... +cos (t +ns) : .
. s
siu
2
2.13. sin t + sin (t + s)+ sin (t +28)
.
+ ... +sln(t+ns) = .
s
sin 2"
2.14. 8cos
4
t +4 cos" t 8 cos
2
t 3 cos t+ 1
7 t
= 2 cos 2' t cos 2 .
2.15. sin (t + s + u) = sin t cos s cos u
t cos t si n s cos u + cos t cos s si n u
 sin t sin 8 sin u,
2.16. cos (t + S + u) = cos t cos s cos u
 sin t sin s cos u  sin t cos s sin u
 cos t sin s sin u:
tan
2
t  tan s
2.17. 1 t 2tt 2 =tan (t+s) tan(ls).
 an ,an s
In Problems 2.18 to 2.23", simplify the indicated
expressions.
2.18. sin
2
( T+28)  sin
2
(  28) .
2.19. cos (t+ 2s) {sin" (t2s) 1.
2.20. cos" (t )+sin
6
(t a: )
 f (sin
2
( t + ) cos
2
( t +a: ))2
2.21. sin
2
( 3: _2t ) _ sin
2
( 7:  2t )
. t3n ( 11'1 )
SID 12cos 12
4t
.
Problems
79
2.22. sin" 2t cos 6t 1 cos" 2t sin 6t.
2.23. 4 (Si1l
4
t  ~ cos' t)  1 (sin" t j COSO t)  1.
In Problems 2.24 to 2.28, transform the given expres
sions into a product.
2.24. sin 6t  2V3 cos'' 3t + va.
2.25. tarr' t  4 tan" t + 3.
2 26 . sin
2
(t+s)sin
2
tsin
2
s
sin
2
(t+s),cos
2
tcos
2
S
2.27. sin
2
(2t  s)  sin'' 2t  sin" s.
2.28. cos 22t + 3 cos 18t + 3 cos 14t + cos 10t.
In Problems 2.29 to 2.32, check the indicated equalities.
2.29. cot 70 + 4 cos 70 = va.
2.30. sin
2
( arctan 3  arccot (  ~ )) ={ .
2.31. sin (2 arctan ~ ) +tan ( ~ arcsin ~ = f .
2.32. sin (2 arctan i ) tan ( ; arcsin H) = ~ .
In Problems 2.33. to 2.36, compute the given expres
sions.
2.33. arccos (cos (2 arctan <V2  1).
2.34. sin
2
( arctan {  arctan (  ~ ) )
2.35. cos ( ; arccos :  2 arctan (2) )
2 36 sin 22 cos 8+cos 158cos 98
sin 23 cos 7
0
+cos 157
0
cos 97
2.37. Find tan ~ if sin t + cos t = 1/5.
2.38. Knowing that cx, p, and V are internal angles of
a triangle, prove the equality
~ 4 a ~ y
SIn ex+SIn t' sm y == COR T COS 2" cos "2.
Chapter 3
Trigonometric Equations
and Systems of Equations
3.1. General
Written entry examinations include, as a rule, problems
on solving trigonometric equations. This is partly ex
plained by the fact that there is no general method which
would be applicable for solving any trigonometric equations
and in each concrete case the search for a solution require,
a certain of ease in carrying out identical transformations
and the knack of finding and applying the proper trigo
nometric formula. In most cases, the transformations
used to solve such problems are generally aimed at the
reduction of a given equation to several simple equations
to be solved in a regular way, as it was described in
Sec. 1.4.
It is of importance to note that the form of notation of
the roots of trigonometric equations often depends on the
method applied in solving a given equation. To prove the
fact that two different notations of the answer are equiv
alent is sometimes an interesting problem in itself,
although the examination requires to solve the given
equation using only one method, rather than to transform
the answer into other notations.
When solving trigonometric equations and systems of
equations the student has frequently to deal with rather
complicated expressions composed of trigonometric func
tions. Competition problems often involve expressions
that, along with trigonometric functions, contain other
types of functions (inverse trigonometric, exponential,
logarithmic, rational, fractional, etc.). The student must
remember that in most cases such expressions are not
defined for all values of the variables in the given expres
sion. Frequently, identical transformations result in
some simplifications, however, the equation (or system)
obtained may have another domain of permissible values
8.1. General 81
of the unknowns. This can lead to "superfluous" or
"extraneous" roots if the domain of permissible values is
broadened as a resul t of a certain transformation or even
to a loss of roots if as a result of some transformation the
domain of permissible values is narrowed. A good method
to avoid such troubles is to watch for the invertibili ty of
the identical transformations being carried out on the
domain under considertion. Whenever the transformations
are not invertible a check is required. Namely, first, find
and check the possible values of the roots which might
have disappeared as a result of the reduction of the
domain of permissible values, and, second, make sure that
there are no extraneous roots which do not belong to the
domain of permissible values of the initial expression.
Example 3.1.1. Solve the equation
sin x + 7 cos x + 7 = O.
of the methods for solving this equation (though
not the best) consists in using the uni versal substi tution
Iormul as (2.42) and (2.43):
x
. 2 tan 2"
x '
1+lan
2

2
2
11 tan
2
=
2
As a result, we get the following equation:
2 tan I 7 ( 1 tan
2
)
 T x +7 ::= 0,
1+lan
2
1+tan
2

2 2
which is equivalent to tan; = 7, and, consequently, to
x == 2nk  2 arctan 7, k EZ. However, the above reason
ing is erroneous, since the universal substitution formu
las are applicable only to the x's for which tan is de
fined, that is, x =/== rt 1 2rtk, k EZ. Therefore, as a result
of the transformations, the domain of definition of the
function on the lefthand side of the equation is reduced
and in order to get a correct answer, it is necessary to
check whether there are roots among the numbers which
fi  01644
82 H. Trigonometric Equations and Sust cm
are left outside the domain of definition of the expression
obtained, that is, to chock whether or not the numbers
x == n f 2nk, k EZ, arc also roots of this expression.
J1"Ol' these values of x we get sin x == 0, cos x == 1, and
the equation turns into an identity (we mean the original
equation), therefore the correct answer is:
x == 2 arctan 7 + 2nk, x == n + 2nk, k EZ.
This problem can be sol ved in a shorter way, by using
only invertible transformations. For this purpose, it is
necessary to use the method of introducing an auxiliary
angle (Theorem 2.2). We divide both sides of the equa
tion by the number 'V 1
2
+ 7
2
== Y50, transpose the
number tfy 50 to the righthand side, and then rewrite
the equation as follows
sin (x + fP) = 7IVSO,
where (p == arcsin .:_. Thus, the original equation has
y 50
been reduced to a simple trigonometric equation of the
form sin t === a considered in Sec. 1.4, and the general
solution is wri tten in the following form: 
u: 1 rp == (_1}H arcsin (7)fV' 50) + nn, nEZ,
or
x =  arcsin :. +(1)"+1 arcsin ./_ + nn, n EZ.
l 5f) y 50 .
Thus, for an even n == 2k, If EZ, we get a series of solu
tions
2
. 7 I 2 I
x ::  arcsui V'S!) .:  n r,
and for an odd n = 2k + 1 another series of solutions
x = n + 21tk, k EZ.
The equivalence of the two notations of the answer
now fol lows from the equal ity sin (arctan x) == x/V1 +.r
2
(see Example 1.4.6) or arctan x = arcsin y x ,
1+x
2
1
.7
7 w renee arcsin r == arctan .
1 50
3.1. General 83
Example 3.1.2. Among tho roots of the equation
:_:: 0
'1+ V3 tan nx
find the one which has the least distance from the number
'V 8" on the number line.
function tan nz is defined if nx =f= +nk,
i.e. x=t= +k, kE Z.
In order to find the domain of defmi tion of the func
tion on the lefthand side of the equation, it is necessary,
in addition, to bear in mind that the denominator must
not vanish, that is, 1 + V3tan nx "* 0, or tan nx =1=
1I"V3, which is equivalent to tho condition nx =t= 
sik, that is, .r =I=  + k, k EZ. Thus, the domain of
tl f
t.i COR 3nx . t f 1 1
I ie nne Ion I consists or rea num iers x
1 t l 3 tan nx
1 1
such thatr * 2 + k and x =1=  7\ + k for k EZ. In the
given domain of permissible values the equation is equiv
alent to the following:
cos 31tx = 0
whose solution has the form:
o n + t t n EZ
dnx 2 sin; i.e x "'if  3 ' n
Let us now find out which of the obtained values of x (10
not belong to the domain of definition. We have:
1 n 1
ff +"3 :=: 2" +k for n == 1 +3k,
1 n t
fi+3"== for 1+:1k.
Note that n = 3k + 1, k EZ, is the set of all the inte
gers not divisible by 3. Consequently, the formula for x
describing the solutions of the given equation must (',011
tain only n divisi ble by 3. Setting n == 31, we get x ::=
:i + k . k EZ. Further, from these solutions we choose
tJ. Trigonometric Equations and Sustems
the one which satisfies tho add itional condition of the
problem (with the least distance Irom the number Vs=
2"V2). Since 1.41 < y2 < 1.42, we have 2.82 <
2 Y2< 2.84, and it suffices to consider the t\VO num
bers
1
x = = ~ 3
6
which are the closest to the number VS. The problem
has been reduced to comparing the two numbers
12 ~  2 y2:1 = 2 y2:  2 ~
and
/3 ~ 2 V2/=3 ~ i 2 V2.
The following inequality holds trne:
1 y ,r 1
36"22<2 y22(fe
Indeed, it is equivalent to the inequality 4V2" > 5 ~
which is proved by squaring both members since both of
them are positive. Therefore the number x = 3i is the
soughtfor solution of the given equation. ~
If in this example the domain of permissible values is
treated inaccurately, for instance, one forgets about the
condition 1 + Y3tan nx =1== 0 or that tan nx must be
defined, then a wrong answer is obtained.
Even these two examples show the importance of tak
ing into account the domain of permissible values when
solving trigonometric equations. However, it is not a1
ways convenient to write out the domain of permissible
values in an explicit form, that is, to indicate explicitly
all the values of the unknown belonging to this domain.
It suffices to write the conditions wherefrom this domain
can be found. Thus, inExample 3.1.2, these conditions
were cos nx =1= 0 (i.e. tan Jtx is defined) and 1 t..
Y3tan 1tX =1== O. Sometimes, one succeeds in solving
such conditions with respect to x in a simple way (as in
3.1. General 85
Example 3.1.2), but in most cases this is a cumbersome
problem in itself. IIowever, when checking individual
values of the unknown which may turn out to be roots,
one may also successfully use au implicit representation
of tho domain of permissible values, checking whether
the indicated conditions are met for the val lies under
cousideration.
Example 3.1.3. Solve the equatioJl
2 sin (3x + ) =V1+ 8 sin 2x cos 2x . (3.1)
<llIlIIIThe domain of permissible values of the given equa
tion is specified implicitly by the conditions: 1 +
8 sin 2x cos" 2x > 0, "sin"(3x+ > O. If we square
both sides of the equation, then, on the given domain,
the original equation (3.1) is equivalent to the following
equation:
4 sin
2
(3x+ ) = 1+ 8 sin 2x cos"2x. (3.2)
However, if one does not take into account the domain of
permissible values, then, although the roots of the origi
nal equation (3.1) are also the roots of equation (3.2),
but all the roots of (3.2) will not necessarily be tho foots
of (3.1). Therefore on finding all the roots of (3.2) we
have to choose those which will be the roots of the orig
inal equation. Applying formula (2.41), we get
icos (6x+ 1l
sin
2
(3x+ = =2"(1+sin6x),
2
using formulas (2.36), (2.27), we have
8 sin 2x cos" 2x == 4 cos 2x (2 sin 2x cos 2x)
=== 4 cos 2x sin 4x = 2 (sin 6x + sin 2x).
l'herefore equation (3.2) may be rewritton as Iol lows
2 + 2 sin 6x == 1 t 2 sin 6x t 2 sin 2x,
or
.2
1
SIn x ==
2
(3.3)
86 3. Trigonometric Equations and SY8tems
For a further invostigat.iou, the solutions of this equation
should be conveniently written ill the form of two series
of solutions (but not uni ted, as usual, into oue; see
Sec. '1.4):
11: 5n Z
nE
Since equation (:3.3) is equivalent to equati ou (3.2), we
have to check whether all of its solutions are the solu
tions of the original equation.
Substituting the found values of x into the righthand
side of the original equation, we get the number 2, that
is, the condition 1 + 8 sin 2x cos" 2x > 0 has been
fulfilled. For x == t sin, nEZ, the lefthand side of
the original equation is equal to
2 sin ( 3x + :) = 2 sin ( +2nn) = 2 cos sin,
If n is an even number, then 2 cos sin === 2, and if n is
odd, then 2 cos nn === 2. Hence, from the first series
tho solutions of the original equation are only the num
bers
J't
X == 12 1 Znk; k EZ.
For x = + sui, nEZ, the lefthand side of the orig
inal equation is equal to
2 sin ( 3x + ) = 2 sin ( 3; +3nn) =  2 cos sin:
If n is au even number, then 2 cos tin == 2, and if n
is odd, then 2 cos sin. 2. Consequently, from the sec
ond series, the Iol lowiug numbers are the solutions of
the original equalion:
x",= +(21.+1)31, kEZ.
Answer: x 0= ;;, +2nk, x = +(2k + 1) 31, k EZ.
When sol ving this problem, most errors occur owing to
incorrect underst.a uding of the symbol V. As ill algebra,
3.2. Methods of Solving Equation.., H7
in trigonometry this radical sign means an arithmetic
square root whose value is always nonnegative. This
note is as essential as the requirement that a nonnegative
expression stand under the radical sign of an arithmetic
root. If for some values of the arguments these coudi tions
are not Iulfrlled , then the equality under consideration
has no sense.
3.2. Principal Methods of Solving Trigonometric
Equations
1. Solving Trigonometric Equations by Reducing Them
to Algebraic Ones. This widely used method consists in
transforming the original equation to the form
F (f (t === 0, (3;4)
where F (x) is a polynomial and f (t) is a trigonometric
function; in other words, it is required, using trigonomet
ric identities, to express all the trigonometric functions
in the equation being considered in terms of one trigo
nometric function.
If Xl' x
2
, , tIm are roots of the polynomial F, that
is,
F (Xl) = 0, F (x
2
) = 0, ... , F (X
m
) == 0,
then the transformed equation (3.4) decomposes into m
simple equations
f (t) = Xl' f (t) == X
2,
., f (t) == x
1n
For instance, if the original equation has the form
G (sin t, cos t) = 0,
where G (x, y) is a polynomial of two variables x and y,
then the given equation can be reduced to an algebraic
equation with the aid of the universal substitution for
mulas by getting rid of the denominators during the p.ocess
of t.ransformation. As it was stressed in Sec. 3.1, such 8.
reduction requires control over the invertibility of all
the transformations carried out, and in case of violation
of invert.ibil ity a check is required.
88 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
Example 3.2.1. Solve the equation
cos 2t  5 sin t  3 == o.
~ y formula (2.39), we have 1  2 sin'' t  5 sin t 
3 == 0, or
2 sin" t + 5 sin t + 2 == O.
We set x == sin t; then the original equation takes the
form of an algebraic equation:
2x
2
+ 5x + 2 = O.
Solving this equation we get Xl == 112, X
2
== 2. All
the transformations carried out are invertible, therefore
the original equation is decomposed into t\VO simple
equations:
sint=  ~ and sint=2.
The second equation has no solutions since I sin t r ~ 1,
therefore we take sin t == 1/2, that is,
t=(_1)n+l ~ +nn, nEZ. ~
Example 3.2.2. Solve the equation
tan x +tan ( ~ + x ) =  2.
~ y formula (2.13) for the tangent of the sum of two
angles, we have:
n
~ ) _ tan T+
t an x
_ 1+tan x
tan 4 + x   1 t
11: an x
itan T tan x
H
1+tan x .
. ence, tan x + 1 t ==  2. Setting y ~ tan x, we
 anx
get an algebraic equation:
.. + 1+y 2
y 1y ,
or
y (1  y) + 1 +.Y == 2 (1  Y), y::;=; + V3,
3.2. Methods of Solving Equations ., ~ H
consequently, tau x = + V ~ that is,
1t
x::=. + T+nn, nE Z.
Both series of solutions belong to the domain of permis
sible values of the original equation which was not re
duced under transformation.
Example 3.2.3. Solve the equation
(1  tan x) (1 t sin 2x) = 1 + tan x  cos 2x.
... Note that the numbers x = ] + nk, I: EZ, are not
solutions of the given equation, therefore \VO may con
sider the given equation on a smaller domain of per
missible values specified by the condition x =1= i t sik,
k EZ, and use the universal substitution formulas (2.42)
and '(2.43) which are reversible transformations in the
given domain:
. 2 tan x
SI n 2x ~ 
1+tan
2x
'
1tan
2
x
cos 2x == 1+tan 2 x
We set y = tan x, then the given equation is reduced to
an algebraic one:
(
2
y
) 1!l
2
(1 y) 1 + 1+y2 == 1+y  1+y2
Since 1 1 y ~ =1= 0, this equa tion is equi valent to
(1  y) (1 t y2 + 2y) = (1 + y) (1 + y2)  1 + y2,
whence, by successive invertible transformations, we get:
(1  y) (1 1 y)'J == (1 + y) (1 .1 y2) + (y  1) (y + 1),
(1  y) (1 + Y ~ == (1 + y) (1 + y'J + y  1),
,(1  y) (1 t y)2 === (1 + y)'!.y,
(1 t y)2 (1  2y) = O.
The roots of the obtained eqnation are: Yl =::: 1 and
Y2== 1/2. Consequently, the original equation is broken
into two simple equations: tan x :='1 and tan x == 1/2
in the sense that. tho set of sol utions of tho original equa
9J 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
tion is a union of the sets of solutions of the obtained
equations, and we get
1t . t 1 t EZ .....
x== 4Inn, x==arc an "2 Jtn, n ~
Example 3.2.4. Solve the equation
~ si 11 4x +1{j si n
3
x cos x + 3 cos 2x  5 == O.
~ o t e that, y ~ virtue of formulas (2.36) and (2.38),
2 sin 4x = 8 sin x cos x cos 2x
== 8 sin x cos x  16 sin" x cos x,
and the equation takes the form
8 sin x cos x + 3 cos 2x  5 == 0,
or
4 sin 2x + 3 cos 2x = 5. (3.5)
Let us make use of the universal substitution formula
. 2tanx 1tan
2x
Sin 2x == 1. +tan2 x' cos 2x = 1+tan2 x
and designate y = tan x. Then the equation is trans
formed into an algebraic one:
8y 33y2
1+y2 .+ 1+y2 =5,
or 8y + 3  3y2 === 5 + 5y2, whence
2 1 0
Y Y+
4

Consequently, y == 1/2 or tan x = 1/2, whence x =
arctan ~ + nn, n EZ. It remains to check that no roots
are lost during the process of solution. Indeed, only those
x's might be lost for which tan x has no sense, that is,
x === i + nk, k EZ. Substituting these values into the
lefthand side of (3.5), which is equivalent to the origi
nal one, we get
4 sin (rr + 21tk) + 3 cos (n + 2nk) = 3.
Consequently, besides x = arctan ~ + sin, nEZ, the
equation has no other roots. ~
3.2. Methods 0/ Solving Equations
91
2. Other Methods of Reducing Trtgonometrfc Equations
to Several Simple Equations. Basically, we mean here
application of the formulas for transforming the sum or
difference of trigonometric functions into a product (see
Sec. 2.1, Item 6). However, it is often necessary first to
carry out additional identical transformations. In parti
cular, the lefthand sides of formulas (2.17), (2.18), (2.21),
(2.22), (2.25), (2.26) contain the basic trigonometric
functions (in the first power), therefore to use them, it is,
for instance, useful to Pply formulas (2.40), (2.41) which
reduce the power of trigonometric functions in the given
expression.
Example 3.2.5. Solve the equation
sin'' x +cos" 3x === 1.
~ p p l y i n identities (2.40) and (2.41), we get
~  ~ cos 2x +{+ ~ cos 6x = 1,
1
or "2 (cos 6x  cos 2x) = 0, whence, by virtue of iden
tity (2.22) we get
sin 4x sin 2x = O.
The original equation has been broken into two equa
tions:
sin 4x = 0 and sin 2x == O.
Note that the solutions of the equation sin 2x == 0 (x =
nk/2, k EZ) are solutions of the equation sin 4x = 0
(since sin 4 (nk/2) = sin 2nk = 0, k EZ), therefore it
suffices to find the roots of the equation sin 4x == O. Con
sequently, 4x == rui or:
x ~ :nn/4, n EZ. ~
Example 3.2.6. Solve the equation
sin x + sin 2x t 2 sin x sin 2x == 2 cos x + cos 2x.
<lllIIIIBy virtue of identity (2.2n) for the product of sines,
we have
sin x + sin 2x + cos x  cos 0X == 2 cos x + cos 2x,
92 3. Trigonometric Equation." and Systems
or
Sill x t sin 2x  cos x  cos 2x  cos 3x == 0.
sin x + sin 2x  (cos x 1 cos 3x)  cos 2x == O.
Applying formulas (2.2'1) and we get
sin x + 2 sin x cos x  2 cos 2x cos x  cos 2x === 0,
or
sin x (1 + 2 cos x)  cos 2x (1 + 2 cos x) = 0,
(sin x  cos 2x) (4 2 cos x) = o.
Thus, the original equation has been decomposed into two
equations:
(1) 1 + 2 cos x == 0 or cos x = 1/2,
for which x = + 2nn, nEZ,
(2) sin x  cos 2x == O.
By formula (2.39), we transform this equation to the
form
sin x  1 + 2 sin x == 0
and set y == sin x:
2
y
2 + Y  1 == O.
The quadratic equation thus obtained has two roots:
Yl == 1, Y2 == 1/2. In the first case
sin x == 1,
In the second case
n
or x:=::  Tt 2nn, nEZ.
sin x == 1/2, that is, x == (_1)1t 1 sin, n EZ.
Thus, the solutions of the original equation are written
in the form of three series
x=+ 2; +2nn,
2
3.2. Methods of Solving Eqn ations
Example 3.2.7. Sol ve the equation
t
. 4) 1 . t . + 1
au..Jx+.  co x '5.
SID X SlIl .. x
the given equation:
sin 2x cos x 1 1 _ 0
ros 2x sin x t sin:r  sin  ,
or
sin 2x sin xcos 2:r eos x _1_ sill 5.'Xsin x  0
sin x cos 2.r . r sin x sin .
Applying identities (2.1) and (2.18), we get
 cos 3x 2 cos 3x si n 2x
:+ :=: 0,
sill X cos 2x sin x sin 5x
or
('.083x (sin 5x  2 sin 2x cos 2x) === 0
sin x cos 2x sin 5x '
_ cos 3x (sin 5x  sin 4x) :=: 0
sin x cos 2x sin fix ..
and, again hy formula (2.18),
3 2
x 9x
cos X' SIn 2"" cos 2
. 2' r.: ==0.
Sin x cos x sm ,)X
Note that if sin .x === 0 (i.e, x == nn, n EZ), then also
sin fix == 0, and the equality sin == 0 means that
sin x == 0 (sin 2nn === 0, n EZ). Consequently, the do
main of permissible values of the given equation can be
specified by t\VO conditions:
cos 2x =F 0 and sin 5x =1= 0,
and on this domain the original equation is decomposed
into two equations:
(1) cos 3x == 0,
(2) cos ; x = O.
Let us solve equation (1). We have 3x == + nn
(n EZ), or x = f and we have to check whether
fl4 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
the constraints specifying the domain of perrnissihle
values are met. For n == 3k, k EZ, the expression
cos (2 + n;t) )= cos takes on val ues eq ual to
1/2, for n = 3k + 1, k EZ, values equal to 1/2, and for
n == 3k + 2, k EZ, values equal to 1, that is, cos 2x =1=
o for all these val ues of x. Further, for n == Gk or
n = 6k + 2, k EZ, the expression sin (!J( + =
(5n 53tn) / 6k
SIn "6+3" takes on values equal to 1 2, for n ,t
1, k EZ, values equal to 1, for n == 6k + 3 or n == 6k t 5,
k EZ, values equal to 1/2, and for n == 6k + 4, k EZ,
values equal to 1, that is, sin 5x =1= 0 for the indicated
values of x, and all of them belong to the domain of
permissible values.
Consider now equation (2). We have:
9 n + x :== + 21tn" nEZ,
2 x=2 sen, or 
9 n
and check whether the constraints cos 2.1: =1= 0 and
sin 5x =I= 0 are met. Notethatthe expression cos (2(; +
2:n)) takes on one of the following nine values: cos
1 iOn 14ft 22n 26n iOn
 2' cos 9' cos 9,1, cos 9' cos 9' cos T,
cos none of them being zero. Similarly, we check to
see that the expression sin (fi ( + does not vanish
either for any integral values of n, Thus, we have found
all the solutions of the original equation: x = + Jl;,
1t 21tn
X = n + 9' n Ez.
Example 3.2.8. Solve the equation
5 cos 3x +_. 3 cos x = 3 sin 4x.
Let us first note that if we apply twice formula (2.::lG) for
the sine of a double angle, we shall get the identity sin 4.T ==
2 sin 2x cos 2x == 4 sin x cos x cos 2x. Using this iden
tity and (2.54), we rewrite the given equation in the form
5 (4 cos" x  3 cos x) t 3 cos x == 12 sin x cos x cos 2x,
or
,'1.2. Methods of Soloint; Equations 95
cos x (20 cos"  15 i ;)  sin x (1  == 0,
cos x (20 (1  sin
2x)
12  12 sin x (1  2 sin
2x
== 0,
cos x (20  20  12  12 sin x + 24 sin
3x)
== 0,
(6
3 r.::. 2 3 + 'J)  0
cos x . sin x  sin x  .. Sf I] x _  ,
cos a (0 sin
2
x (sin xi) + sin x (sin x  1)
 2 (sin x  1 = 0,
cos x (sin x  1) (6 sin'' x + sin x  2) == o.
Thus, the given equation decomposes into the Inllowing
three equations:
(1) cosx=O,
(2) sinx==1,
n
n , 2
sin,
nEZ,
nEZ
(we see that the solutions of equation (2) are at the same
time solutions of equation (1,
(3) 6 sin" x + sin x  2 == O.
Setting y = sin x we get an algebraic equation
6y2 + y  2 == 0,
whose roots are Yl == 2/3 and Y2 == 1/2, and it remains
to consider two cases:
(a)'sinx=}, x=,(_1)n+'arcsin ;+nn, nEZ,
(b) sin z e , x=(1t +nn, nEZ.
Thus, all the solutions of the original equation are
described by the formulas
x= ; +:rrn, x=(1t+larcsin; +nn,
X :=: (1)11 +nn, n EZ.
96 3. Trigonometric Equations and Sustems
1
sin 2x '
Example 3.2.9. Solve the equation
col2x+3tan3x==2tanx+ .2 .
sln4x
us represent the given equation in the form
(cot 2x + tan x) +:3 (tan 3x  tan z)
sin X
and use the Iol lowing identity:
cos 2x sin x
cot 2x +tan x sin 2x 1' cos x
cos 2x cos 2x sin x cos x
sin 2x cos x sin 2x cos x
whose domain of permissible values is specified by the
condition sin 2x =1= 0, since in this case also cos x =1= .0.
Applying this equality and formula (2.26) for the dif
ference of tangents, we get
_._1_ 1 sin 2x, 2
sin 2x ,cos 3x cos r sin
The domain of permissible values for the given equation
can he specified by the following two conditions: sin 4x =I=
0, that is, x =I= sinl/, nEZ, and cos 3x =1= 0, that is,
x =1== + n;, n EZ. We transform the obtained equation
on the given domain:
sin 2x
3 sin 2x
cos 3x cos x
sin'2x
3 3
cos x cos x
2
sin 4x
1
sin 2.xcos 2x
1
1
sin 2x '
sin 2x icos 2.r.
i) cos 3x cos x == sin 2.1' cos 2:r '
Gsin x cos x 2 sin
2
x
cos 3x cos x 2 sin' x cos x cos 2x
Since sin x =1= 0 and cos x =1= 0, have
Geos x
cos 3x
1
cos 2x
Thus, in the domain of permissible values the original
equation is equivalent to
f) cos x cos 2x == cos 3x,
3.2. Methods 0/ Solving Equations 97
1
and, by virtue of identi ty (2.54) for the cosine of a triple
angle, we have
6 cos x cos 2x == 4 cos" X  3 cos ~ :
whence
6 cos 2x === 4 cos" X  3 (cos x =1= 0),
Gcos 2x == 2 (t + cos 2x)  3,
6 cos 2x == 2 cos 2x  1,
4 cos 2x == 1, cos 2x == 1/4,
whence x = ~ arccos (  ~ ) +sin, n EZ.
It is easy to check that the found values of x satisfy the
conditions specifying the domain of permissible values
in which all the transformations carried out were inver
tible. ~
Example 3.2.10. Solve the equation
1
"2 + cos x t cos 2x + cos 3x + cos 4x = O.
~ Note that x == 2rtn, nEZ, are not solutions of the
given equation, therefore we may assume that x =1= 2nn.
Then sin ; =1= 0, and the following equalities hold:
cos x +cos 2x t cos 3x +cos 4x
.
1
x (2 cos x sin ; +2 cos 2x sin i
2.1n 2
+2 cos 3x sin ; +2 cos 4x sin ; )
1 (. 3 . x+. 5 . 3
SIn  XSIn  SIn  XSInx
2' x 2 2 2 2
SIll T
+
. 7 .5+.9 .7)
SIn 2 XSIn "2x SIn "2 XSIn 2" x
9
(
. 9 . X) sin "2x 1
 2'
X
 SIn "2 XSIn"2 = 2' x "2'
Sin T Sin 2"
701644
98 .1. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
Consequently, the original equation can be transformed to
the form
D
siJl:T
x
x
2sin T
=0 or
. 9
SlOT x == 0,
h
 2:tlr 1. Z . 1 1 ') 1 . I
w ence x  9' u. E , prov ir e( x =t= _rrn W uc 1 is
equivalent to 2;k =1= 2nn 01' k =1= 9n (11 EZ). ~
3. Sol V lug Trtgonometrtc Equations Using the Proper
ties of 'I'rlgonometrlc Functions. Frequentl y, we have to
deal wi th equations of the form t (t) == g (t), where f
and g are some functions containing trigonometric expres
sions such that enable us to investigate the domains of
values .E (/) and E (g) and to prove that these domains
either do not intersect or have few points in common. In
such cases, the sol utions of the equation t (t) = g (t)
should be sought for among such t's which satisfy (sim
pler) equations f (t) === a, g (t) = a, where a is a real num
ber such that a EE (I) and a EE (g), that is, a EE (I) n
E (g).
Example :i.2.11. Solve the equation
sin
2
4x f cos" x = 2 sin 4x cos! :1..
~ t us write the given equation in the form
sin'' 4x  2 sin 4x cos' x = cos
2
x.
Adding cos" x to both sides of the equation, we get
sin" 4x . 2 sin 4x cos'' x + cos" X = cos" X  cos" X
or
(sin 4x  cos! X)2 = cos
2
,7; (1  cos" x).
The lefthand side of the equation is nonnegative, while
the righthand side is nonpositive (cos'' x ~ 0, 1
cos" X ~ 0), consequently, the equality will be valid only
when the following conditions are fulfilled simultane
ously:
8.2. Methods 0/ Solving Equations 99
{
 COS
2
X (1cos
6
x) = 0,
(sin 4xcos' X)2= 0.
The first equation decomposes in to two:
(1) cos" x == O or cos x = 0,
whence x= ~ +sen, n EZ. The ohtained values also
satisfy the second equation since
sin (4 ( ~ +nn) ) = sin (231 +4nn) = O.
(2) 1  cos" X = 0 or cos x = 1,
whence x = nn, n EZ. Substituting these values of x
into the second equation, we get (sin 4nn  cos nn)2 = 0
or (0  1)2 = 0 which is wrong.
Thus, the solution of the original equation consists
of the numbers x= ~ ~ nEZ. ~
Example 3.2.12. Solve the equation
sino x + cos" X = p,
where p is an arbitrary real number.
<lIlIIIII Note that
sin
6
x +cos" X
== (sin
2
x +cos
2
x) (sin' x  sin
2
x cos
2
x +cos' x)
= sin' x  sin
2
x cos
2
x lcos x
== (sins x +. 2 sin
2
x cos
2
x +cos' x)  3 sin
2
x cos
2
x
= (sin" x +cos
2
X)2  ~ (2 sin x cos X)2
=1 : sin
22x=1
~ (1cos4x)
3 5
== B
cas
4x+
8
'
and the given equation takes the form
3 L 5 4 8p5
gcos&Jx+g=p or cos x=3.
tOO 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
The equation has the solution x = + 1arccos 8
p;;5
+
n; , nEZ, for or
Example 3.2.13. Solve the equation
(cos: 2sinx).sinx+(1+sin 2cosx)cosx=O.
Remove the parentheses and then use the fundamen
tal trigonometric identity and formula (2.11) for the sine
of the sum of two numbers. We get
cos: sinx2sin
2x+cosx+sin
: cosx2cos
2x=O,
that is,
sin(x+ )+cosx2(sin
2x+cos2x)=O,
or
5x 2
sin T+cosx= .
Note that the sum in the lefthand side of the obtained
equation will equal 2 only if sin 5: = 1 and cos x = 1
simultaneously, that is, our equation is equivalent to the
system of equations:
{
5x 1
slnT= ,
cos x== 1,
whence
{
5: = +2nn, nEZ,
x=21tk, kEZ,
. 2,,; 8n
and the equality 2nk = 5+5 n must hold, whence
k = Since kEZ, we have n=5m+1, mEZ
(since for the remaining integral n's., that is, n = 5m!
3.3..Equations in Several Unknowns 10t
n = ~ + 2, n = 5m + 3, n = 5m + 4, it is obvious
that k ~ Z), and then x = 2n + 8nm, m EZ, that is,
x = 2n (4m + 1), m EZ.
3.3. Solving Trigonometric Equations and Systems of
Equations in Several Unknowns
The presence of two or more unknowns involve certa
in difficulties in solving trigonometric equations and
systems. The solution of such an equation or system is
defined as a set of values of the variables which turn the
given equation or each of the equations of a system into
a true numerical equality. To solve a given equation or
system is to find all such sets. Therefore, answering a
problem of this type by giving the values taken on by
each unknown is senseless. One of the difficulties en
countered in solving such problems is also that the set of
solutions for these equations and systems, is, as a rule,
infinite. Therefore, to write the answer in a correct way
and to choose desired solutions, one has to consider dif
ferent cases, to check the validity of auxiliary inequali
ties, etc. In some cases, when solving systems of equa
tions we can eliminate one of the unknowns rather easily
by expressing it in terms of other unknowns from one of
the equations of the system. Another widely used method
is to try to reduce a trigonometric system to a system of
algebraic equations involving some trigonometric func
tions as new unknowns. As in solving trigonometric
equations in one unknown, we can try to carry out iden
tical transformations to decompose one or more of
the equations to the simple equations of the type
sin (x + 2y) == 1, tan (x  Y) == V3, and so forth.
Example 3.3.1. Solve the system of equations
{
Vsinxcosy=O,
2 sin
Z
x cos 2y 2 === O.
~ It follows from the first equation that sin x> 0, two
cases are possible here: if sin x == 0, then the equation
turns into an identity,and if sin x ; 0, then the equation
implies that cos y = O. Consequently, the system is equiv
t02 3. Trigonometric Equations and SNstems
alent to the collection of two systems:
{
sinx=O,
2 sin
2
x  cos 2y  2 = 0
and
{
cos y = 0,
2 sin
2
x cos 2y2= 0, sin x > o.
The first system has no solutions (cos 2y t 2 =1= 0),
while the second is equivalent to the system of two simple
equations
{
cosy=O,
sin x= V2/2.
Consequently, the set of all solutions of the original sys
tem consists of pairs of numbers (x, y) of the kind
( (  1)k + nk, + nl), k, l EZ.
Example 3.3.2. Solve the equation
3+2cos{xy) __ 1/3+2 2 '02 xy sin
2(xy)
2  V xx cos 2' 2
<lllIIIII Using formula (2.40) for reducing the power of co
sine, we get
3+2cos(xy)
2
= V3+2xx2 1 + +
or
1sin
2
(x y) +(2  V3t 2x x
2
) cos (x y)
l 2 V3 +2x x
2
;..= 0,
cos (x y) +(2 V3 +2xx
2
) cos (x y) +2
 V3+2xx
2
== O. (3.6)
Let us set t == cos (x  y) and a = 2  V3 + 2x  x
2
,
then equation (3.6) can be rewritten as follows:
t
2
+ at + a == O.
3.3. Equations in Several Unknowns 103
The given equality can be regarded as a quadratic equa
tion with respect to t which has solutions only if its dis
criminant is nonnegative, hence,
a
2
 4a 0 or a (a  4) >0,
whence a 0 or a > 4. IIowever, according to the in
troduced notation, a == 2  V3 + 2x  x
2
== 2 
V4  (x  1)2, and therefore 0 == 2  V4 a 2.
Consequently, a == 0, whence 2  V4  (x  1)2 === 0
or x === 1. Then equation (3.6) takes the form cos" (1  y)
= 0 or cos (y  1) = 0, whence
nEZ.
Thus, all the solutions of the original equation are
pairs of numbers (x, y) of the form (1, 1 + + nn) ,
nEZ.
Example 3.3.3. Solve the system of equations
{
cot x sin 2y == sin 2x,
2 sin y sin (x +y) cos x.
Using formula (2.29), we can represent the second
equation as follows:
cos x  cos (x r 2y) = cos x,
Consequently, cos(x+2y)==O, whence +J1k,
x = 2!1+nk, kEZ. Note that 2!1) =
tan 2y and sin 2.1: = sin (n  4y) == sin 4y. Therefore the
substitution of : into the first equation yields:
tan 2y + sin 2y = sin 4y,
or
sin 2y (1 + cos 2y  2 cos" 2y) == 0,
sin 2y (cos 2y 1) (cos 2y +f)= o.
The last equation deCOITlpOSeS into three equations:
sin 2y = 0, cos 2y === 1 and cos 2y ::=: 1/2.
104 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
From the equation sin 2y ==0 we get y = n;, nEZ,
and therefore x == T+sil, l EZ. From the equation
cos 2y == 1 we find 2y == 2nn, y tin, n EZ; hence, x==;
 2nn t.. tik == +til, l EZ. We see that the set of
solutions of the second equation belongs to the set
of solu lions of the first equation. Finally, from the
equation cos 2y =  it follows that 2y = + 2; +2nn,
and therefore ; +nn, n EZ; hence, x == +
2n n 2n I
T 21(n+sclc 2 + 3 +stl , l EZ. The fina answer:
( + ttl; n;), + 2; +stl; + +nn)
n, lEz.
Example 3.3.4. Solve the system of equations
{
IX! + =3,
SIn 21.
the second equation it follows directly that
nx
2
1t
2 == 2" +Zsck ; that is, x
2
=:..: 1 +4k, k EZ, whence Xi ==
 V4k +1, x
2
=== V4k + 1. By virtue of the first
equation of the system, we have I x I 3. Consequently,
It: may take on only the val nes 0, 1, 2. Thus, there are six
values of x, namely: +1, + V5, +3. If x :=:: +1, then
I y I == 2, that is, y === +2; if x == + V5, then I y I =
3  V5, that is, y == +(3  V5); finally, if x == +3,
then I y I == 0, that is, y == o.
Answer: (+1, +2), (+5, +(3  V5)), (+3, 0), all
combinations of sign being possible, that is, the system
has ten solutions.
Example 3".3.5. Find out for what values of a the
system of equations
{
si n xcos 2y == (a
2
 1)2+ 1,
cos x sin 2y ::::: a + 1
has a solution. Find all the solutions.
3.3. Equations in Several Unknowns 105
Since the lefthand sides of the equations do not,
obviously, exceed 1, the given system may have a solu
tion only for the a's such that
{
la+
Solving the first inequality, we get a = +1, the second
inequality being satisfied for a = 1.
Thus, the original system of equations has a solution
only for a == 1 and, consequently, takes the form
{
si n x cos 2y == 1,
cos x sin 2y == O.
Adding and subtracting the equations of the system
termwise, we get the system
{
sin x cos 2y +cos x sin 2y == 1,
sin x cos 2y  cos x sin 2y == 1,
which is equivalent to the given system, whence (by for
mulas (2.11) and (2.12
{
sin (x +2y) 1,
sin (x  2y) ::= 1.
Obviously, the last system yields an algebraic system
{
X +2
Y
: +2nk, Ii, EZ,
x2YT+
2nn,
nEZ.
Solving this system, we get
n n(kn)
n) n, y:= 2
Thus, +(k+n}n, k, nEZ, are all
the solutions of the original system.
Example 3.3.6. Find all the solutions of the system
{
Isinxlsiny==1/4,
cos (x +y) +cos (x  y) == 3/2,
such that 0 < x < 231, It < Y < 2Jt.
f06 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
the case when sin x ;;:: 0, then, by hypothe
sis; 0 < x and
[sin xl sin y = sin x sin y = (cos (x y) cos (x +y.
Then the system takes the form
{
1/2,
cos (x +y) +cos (x  y) =.:: 3/2,
whence
{
COS (x  y) == 1/2,
cos (x +y) == 1.
By subtracting and adding the inequalities 0 < x n
and Jt < y < 2n we get 21 < x  y < 0 and It <
X + y < 3n. Thus, we have two systems of equations
{
11: { 5Jt
xY=3' xY=3'
x+y==21t,
whose solutions are (5n/6, 7n/6) and (n/6, 11n/6), respec
tively.
Similarly, if sin x < 0 we get
{
COS (x  y).: cos (x + y) 1/2,
cos (x +y) +cos (x  y) == 3/2
and rr < X < 2n, whence
{
COS (x  y) == 1, .
cos(x+y)=1/2, n<xy<n, 2n<x+y<4n,
whence
{
xy=O, and {XY=.;O,
x+y == 7:n/3, x+y == i'ln/3.
The solutions of these systems are (7n/6, 7n/6) and
(1111/6, 111t/6), respectively. Finally, the original system
has the following solutions:
(5n/6, 7n/6), (n/6, 1in/6),
(71t/6, 7n/6), (i1n/6, 11n/6).
1
12
y cos iLSII12 y cos lli 71
+124 Ycos lli +13 = /11 y ,
2(x
2
+(ya)2) 1 = 2 Vx
2
+(y a)2 : .
3.3. Equations in Several Unknowns f07
Example 3.3.7. Find all the val ues of a for which the
indicated system of equations has a solution:
r
\
lefthand side of the first equation has the form
F( ycos lli), where +
124z+131 Bearing in mind that Z= Vcos i > 0,
we test the function F (z) for z 0 using the method of
intervals. For this purpose, it is necessary to mark 011
the number line all the points at which the expressions
inside the modulus sign change sign and to consider our
function separately on each of the intervals thus obtained,
thus getting rid of the modulus sign. Then, we get:
(1) 0 z 5/12, F (x) = (5  12z) 1 (12z  7)
(24z 13) = 11 + 24z,
(2) 5/12 z 7/12, F (z) = (12z  5) + (12z  7)
+ (24z + 13) = 48z + 1,
(3) z 7/12, F (z) = (12z  5)  (12z  7)
+ (24z 1 13) == 24z t 15.
Thus, F (z) is an increasing function for its
least value being F (0) == 11. The righthand side
of the first equation takes on values ::;;; 11 (since
Vsin II > 0) . Cousequent ly. the first equa
tion of the original system is equi valent to the system
{
COS 1ty :::.:: 0,
sin II(X;y:) c,O,
or
{
y == 2t + 1,
2 1 3
t, v EZ. (3.7)
x y == v,
108 3. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
Consider now the second equation of the original
system. We substitute u = Vx
2
+(y a)2 1
4
,and get
2 (u
2
+ )1=2u or u
2u+
1=0, whence u=1/2,
that is, x
2
+(ya)2 :::..= 1' or
x
2
+ (y  a)2= 1. (3.8)
Since x is an integer, only the cases :c == +1, x == 0 are
possible. Let us consider them separately.
Case (a) x === 1. From system (3.7), it follows that
2y == 3v  2, y == 2t + 1, v, t EZ.
Rewriting these equalities in the form 2 (y + 1) == 3v,
y 1 1 == 2t + 2, we conclude that y 1 1 is divisible
by 6. In addition, from (3.8) for x = 1 we have
(y  a)2 == 0, hence y == a == 6k  1, k EZ.
Case (b) x == 1. Here again from (3.8) and (3.7): y == a,
2y == 3v, y === 2t + 1 for some integers v and t, whence
2 (a  3) == 3 (v + 2), a  3 == 2 (t  1). Hence,
a  3 is divisible by 6. In this case a == fik 1 3, If; EZ.
Case (c) x == O. Here, according to (3.8), (y  a)2 === 1,
y === a + 1, and system (3.7) takes the form
2y == 3v  1, y === 2t f 1, or
2 (y  1) == 3 (v + 1), y  1 == 2t, v, t EZ.
Consequently, y  1 is divisible by 6, and since a ==
y + 1, we have a == 6k or a == 6k + 2, k EZ. Putting
together all the results, we get the final answer: the sys
tem has a solution if a takes on the values 6k  1, 6k,
6k t 2, 6k + 3, k Ez.
Example 3.3.8. Find all the solutions of the equation
V2  I y I (5 sin" x  6 sin x cos x  Ucos" x + 3V33)
= arcsin x +arccos" x  ,..;2.
Let us prove that the lefthand side of the equation is
always nonnegative, while the righthand side is non
positive. Indeed, V2  I y I O. Now, we transform
the expression in the parentheses:
5 sin
2
x  6 sin x cos x  9 cos" X + 3 V33
Problems 109
= 6 sin" X  (sin" X + 6 sin x cos x + 9 cos" x) + 3 33
= 6 sin" x  (sin x + 3 cos X)2 + 3V33
= 6 sin'' x + 3V33  10 sin" (x + cp),
where q> = arcsin 31V10 by Theorem 2.2. We then note
that 3V33 > 10 (this is checked by cubing the positive
righthand and lefthand sides) and also that 10 sin" (x !
rp) 10, therefore the expression in the parentheses is
always positive, that is, the lefthand side of the equation
is nonnegative and vanishes only in the case V2  I y 1=
0, that is, y = +2.
As to ' the righthand side, we use the identi ty
arcsin x + arccos x = :rrJ2.
(If we rewrite this identity in the form arccos x =
arcsin x, then its validity follows from t.he fact
that cos (  arcsin x) = sin (arcsin z) = x and that.
 arcsin x E[0, n], that is, belongs to the range of
val ues of arc cosine since x E[ n/2, n/2].) Let us set
t ==arcsin x. Then the righthand side of the equation
takes the form t
2
+(  t ) 2  : n
2
= 2t
2
 nt  n
2
,
where t E[n/2, n/2l. The greatest value of this quadra
tic function is attained at the end point t = n/2 of the
closed interval [rt/2, n/2J and equals zero: 2 (rt/2)2 
n (n/2)  n
2
= O. Thus, the righthand side of the
original equation is nonpositive and vanishes for
arcsin x = 11,12, that is, for x = 1.
Consequently, the equation has two solutions: (1, 2)
and (1, 2).
PROBLEMS
In Problems 3.1 to 3.36, solve equations.
s.r. sin +2x) cot3x+sin(n+2x) V2cos5x=O.
3.2. sin x cos 2x +cos xcos4x = sin +2x)
X sin (  3x ) .
110 H. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
3.3. sin 2x = cos" ;  sin! .
3.4. (1 +cos 4x) sin 2x == cos 2x.
3.5. sin" 2z + sin" 3z + sin" 4z +sin" 5z = 2.
3.6. sin 2x sin 6x  cos 2x cos f3x = V2sin 3x cos 8x.
3.7. sin 3x cos 3x = sin 2.T.
3.8. cos 2x  5 sin x  3 = O.
3.9. 3 sin 2x + 2 cos 2x = 3.
3 10
(
3n ) 2 1+cos 2x 0
cot T  x +cot x + sin2 x =.
3.11. 6 sin" x + sin x cos x  cos'' X = 2.
3.12. cos 7x + sin 8x = cos 3x  sin 2x.
3.13. sin" x  2 sin x cos x = 3 cos'' z,
3.14. cos 5x + cos 7x = cos (n + 6x).
3.15. 4sinxcos x)+4sin(n+x)cosx
+2 sin (3;  x) cos (n+x) = 1.
3.16. sin x  sin 2x +sin 5x + sin Bx = O.
3.17. 2 sin z  cos z = 2/5.
3.18. cos ( +5x) +sin x=2 cos 3:1:.
3.19. (1+sinx)tan ;)= cosx.
3.20. cos x  V3' sin x = cos 3x.
3.21. sin 2z 1 5 (sin z + cos z) + 1 == O.
3.22. sin
3
2t +cos" 2t + sin 4t = 1
a.23. tan z tan 2z = tan z + tan 2z.
sin
3
z +cos
3
Z
3.24. 2 . = cos 2x.
cos XSln x
cot
2
4t + 4
t
= O.
sin t SID t
3.26. tarr' x = 36 cos" 2x.
a.27. cot x  tan x  2 tan 2x  4 tan 4x + 8 = O.
3.28. 4 sin" x cos 3x + 4 cos" x sin 3x = 3 sin 2x.
3.29. 2 cos zsin
3
( a;  z)  5 sin
2
zcos
2
z
+sin z cos! ( 3; +z) = cos 2z.
Problems 111
3.30. siu 2x Sill fix cos 4x + ~ cos 12x = O.
3.31. O S ~ X + Sill
40
X = 1.
3.32. logcosx sin x === 1.
3.33. cot (sin x) == 1.
3.34. tan 5.1:  2 tan 3x = tan 5x tan" 3x.
" cos 2x
3.35. cot x  1= tan x +1
3 36
2 3 + 1 2  3 4
., cos x ,cos X  cos x COS x.
3.37. Find all the solutions of the equation
1 + cos x + cos 2x + sin x + sin 2x + sin 3x,
which satisfy the condition ~ < 13x ~ j::::;:rr.
3.38. Find all the solutions of the equation
2  V3cos 2x + sin 2:c = 4 cos
2
3x,
which l'111tisfy the inequality cos (2x ~ ) >0.
:l.39. Solve the equation
"I f 14COS2
4x
2n
. = cos (2x ~ ) .
V 8 cos (2X  3"") )
3.40. Find all the solutions of the equation
2+cos ; x+V3sin ; x=4sin
2
~ l
sat.isfying the condition sin ( ~ + ~ ) > 0.
3.41. Show that the equation
1
cot 2x +cot 3x +. . 2 . 3 == 0
SiD X sin x Rill x
has no roots.
3.42. Find all the solutions of the equation
4 (3 V4xx
2sin2
( xt
y
) + 2 cos (x+ y})
== 13+4 cos
2
(x +y)
in two unknowns x and y.
3.45.
3.48.
112 .1. Trigonometric Equations and Systems
3.43. Find all the solutions of the equation
Vx
2
 4 (3 sin" x +10 sin x cos x + 11 x  2 V301)
== 5rt
2
 4 arcsin y4 arccos y.
In Problems 3.44 to 3.50
1
solve the given systems of
equations.
{
COS x Vcos 2x == 0,
3.44. (n)
2sin
2xcos
2YT ==0.
{
X +y::=: rt/6,
5 (sin 2x t sin 2y) :::= 2 (1 t cos (x  y)).
{
X  y :=: 5n/3,
3.46. sin x = 2 sin y.
{
sin x cos y == 1/4,
3.47. 3/4
Rin yeaR X:=:
{
XY== 1/3,
COR
2
nx  sin
2
nz == 1/2.
{
3.51. Find all the values of a for which the system of
equations
1
6
ycos ll: 11: I
+1 12 Vcos 7+ 1 1= 5 ,sin
2
n: (y
t
; 2x)
V
.8
109 (x
2
+ (y  a)2==: 3 x
2
+(ya)2_
l 9
has a solution.
Chapter 4
Investigating Trigonometric Functions
4.1. Graphs of Basle Trigonometric Functions
To construct graphs of functions, one must know how to
use all basic properties of these functions, such as peri
odicity, evenness or oddness, increase or decrease of a
function on an interval, as well as the arrangement of
points of extremum. However, constructing the graph of
a function cannot be a substitute for a rigorous proof of
the properties of the function. Nevertheless, a graph
illustrates vividly the properties of a function. At an
examination the student is usually asked to construct
graphs of functions composed of elementary functions,
and most often such a graph is constructed by translating
or changing the graphs of elementary functions.
This section deals with the construction of graphs of
basic trigonometric functions using the properties of
these functions which were considered in Chapter 1. Using
the formulas introduced in Chapter 2, it is possible to
construct similar graphs for many other trigonometric
functions.
First of all, let us recall that the graph of a function f
with domain D (/) is defined as a set of points on the
coordinate plane with coordinates (x, y) such that y ==
f (x). This definition should be always referred to when
proving the properties of graphs of functions and when
considering operations with graphs.
1. Properties and Graph of the Function! (x) == sin x.
(1) The domain of definition D (/) == R, the range of
values E (/) == [1, 1].
(2) sin x is a periodic function. Any number of the
form 2nk, k EZ, is a period of this function, 2n bei.ng
its fundamental period (see Sec. 1.3, Item 1). Consequent
ly, when constructing the graph we can first confine our
selves to the construction of it for the closed interval
801644
114 4. lnuestigating Trigonom.etrtc Functions
[Tt, n] of length 2n, and then translate this section by
2nk, k EZ, along the zaxis. This is because all points
of the form (x too '2nk, Sill x) == (x t Znk, sin (x l 2nk))
have the same values as the value of the point (z', sin x)
on the graph.
(3) sin x is au odd Iunction, therefore its graph is sym
metric with respect to the origin. Indeed, for any point
(x, sin x) of the graph the point (x, sin x) = (x,
sin (x)), which is obtained by the application of cen
tral symmetry to the point (x, sin x), also lies on this
graph (see Sec. 1.3, Item 2). Consequently, to construct
the graph of the function on [1[, n], it suffices to con
struct it on [0, n], and then to map it centralsymmetri
cally with respect to the origin.
(4) On the interval [0, n] the graph has two points
(0, 0) and (rt, 0) in common with the xaxis. In general,
the equality sin x == is equivalent to that x = nk,
k EZ.
(5) The Iuncl.iou sin x increases on the interval [0,
n/2] and decreases on [n/2, rt], this means that if 0
Xl < X
2
rt/2, then sin Xl < sin x
2
, and if n/2
Xl < X
2
J"t, then sin Xl > sin x
2
(see Sec. 1.3, Item 3).
Hence it follows that (nI2, 1) is a point of maximum of
the function sin x.
The graph of the function sin x is constructed now in
several steps. Firstly, we construct the graph on the in
terval [0, n]. This can be done by compiling a table of
values of the function sin x for some points of the inter
val [0, rt}, for instance,
n 11 Jt n 2rt 3rc 5n
(x)
l}
6 T 3""" "2
3 4 6
n
1
V2 va V3 V2
t
sin x
()
2
2 2
1
2 2
"2
0
and, on plotting on the coordinate plane points of the
form (x, sin x), where x are numbers from the table, we
join these points with a smooth line. By mapping cen
tralsymmetrically the constructed section of the graph
with respect to the point 0 and then applying a series
4.1. Graphs 115
of translations along the zaxis by Znk, k EZ, we get the
graph of the function sin x which is called the sinusoid
or sine curve (Fig. 24).
Another method of construction of the graph which
does not require the computation of individual values of
the function sin x consists in using the trigonometric
circle. For this purpose, we mark the interval [0, n/2)
Fig. 24
on the zaxis and on the same drawing construct a circle
of unit radius centred on the extension of the xaxis. To
construct the graph of the function sin x, we shall "un
wind" the circle on the number line marking the ordi
nates of points P t corresponding to real numbers t. To
construct sufficiently many points belonging to the graph,
we may bisect the interval [0, n/21 and the subintervals
thus obtained, as well as the corresponding arcs on the
trigonometric circle. Note that after marking the point
x = nl2 on the xaxis, all further constructions are car
ried out with the aid of a pair of compasses and a ruler
(Fig. 25).
Note that the function sin x increases from 1 to 1 on
any interval of the form [  + 2Jtk, + 2JtleJ. Ie EZ,
and decreases from 1 to ion any interval of the form
[; + 2JtIe, 3
2
3t + 2JtleJ, Ie EZ. The maximal value
sin x = 1 is attained at points x = i + 2nk, k EZ,
while the minimal value sin x = 1 at points x ==
 + 2nk, k EZ.
8*
116 4. lnuestigating Trigonometric Functions
2. Properties and Graph of the Function f (x) == cos a:
The graph of cos x is best of all constructed by usi ug the
identity sin (x + ~ = cos x (the reduction formu
la (2.28). It follows from this identity that the graph of
the function cos x is obtained from the graph of the func
tion sin x by translating the latter leltwards along the
x
1
Fig. 25
xaxis by :rrJ2. Indeed, for every point (x, sin x) of the
graph of sin xthe point (x  ~ , sin x) lies on the graph
f
. (n). ( 11.+1t) .
o cos x, SInce COS x  2" == SIn x  2 2" == SIn x.
The converse is also true: for any point (x, cos x) of the
graph of cos x, the point (x + ~ cos x)lies on the
graph of sin x since sin (x + ~ = cos x,
Practically, it is more convenient first to construct the
sine curve y == sin x, and then to translate the yaxis to
the right by rr/2 (see Fig. 26, where the old yaxis is drawn
in a dashed line and the new axis in a continuous line).
Consider the properties of the function cos x = j (x).
(1) D (/) === R, E (f) == (1, 1].
(2) cos x is a periodic function. Any number of the
form 2nk is a period of the function (k EZ), 2n being its
fundamental period (see Sec. 1.3, Item 1).
(3) cos x is an even function, and its graph is symmetric
about the axis of ordinates: if a point (x, cos x) lies on
the graph of cos x, then the point (x, cos x) = (.'C,
cos (x)) also lies on this graph.
4.1. Graphs 117
(4) cosx=O for x= ; +nk, kEZ.
(5) cos x decreases from 1 to ion any interval of the
form [2:rtk, rt f 2nkl, k EZ, and increases from 1 to 1
on any interval of the form [j[ + 2nk, 2nkl. For x =
n ~ 2nk, k EZ, the function cos x takes on the minimal
Fig. 26
value 1, while for x == 2nk, k E Z, the maximal
value 1.
Example 4.1.1. Find the least and greatest values of
the function f (x) = sin (cos (sin x)) on the closed inter
val [n/2, n], . .
~ e t n/2 ~ Xl < X
2
~ rt , then 0 ~ sin X
2
< sin X
t
~
1, and the points Psin Xl' Psin XI lie in the first quadrant
since 1 < n/2. Since the function cos x decreases on the
interval [0, n/2], we have
o< cos (sin Xt) < cos (sin x
2
) ~ 1.
But the points Pcoslsln x.) and Pcostsm XI) also lie in
the first quadrant and the function sin x increases on
the interval [0, n/2l, therefore
o< sin (cos (sin Xt)) < sin (cos (sin x
2
) ) < 1,
that is, the function f (x) = sin (cos (sin x)) is increasing
on the interval [n/2, nl, consequently, the minimal value
of t (.T) on this interval is equal to f (n/2) === sin (cos 1),
whi Ie the maximal value to f (rr) == sin (cos 0) === sin 1. ~
Example 4.1.2. Compare the numbers sin (cos 1) and
cos (sin 1).
118 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
to the reduction formula (2.7), cos (sin i):=.;
sin (  sin 1) , and it suffices to compare the num
bers cos 1 and  sin 1 from the interval [0, n/2]
(by virtue of the monotonicity of the function sin x 011
this interval). Note that
cos 1 +sin 1 = V2sin ( 1 + ,
consequently, the inequality
cos 1 + sin 1 V2< n/2
is true, whence, since the function sin x increases on the
interval [0, n/2], we have
sin (cos 1) < sin (  sin 1 ) = cos (sin 1). ..
3. Properties and Graph of the Function f (x) = tan e.
(1) The domian of definition is the set of real numbers
except for the numbers of the form + nk, k EZ, the
range of values E (I) = R.
(2) tan x is a periodic function. Any number of the
form nk, k EZ, may be a period of tan x, 11: being its
fundamental period (see Sec. 1.3, Item 1).
(3) tan x is an odd function, and, consequently, its
graph is symmetric with respect to the origin (see Sec.1.3,
Item 2).
(4) tan x = 0 for x = nk, k EZ.
(5) On any interval of the form (  +nk, + rtk) ,
k EZ, the function tan x increases from 00 to +00.
The graph y = tan x (tangent curve) can also be con
structed using a table of values, for instance,
1t 1t 1t
X 0
6 T 3
tan x
"
ltra
1
V3
"3
4.1. Graphs
r
Fig. 27
119
which was compiled only for the values x E[0, n/2) by
virtue of Properties (2) and (3) (Fig. 27).
Another method of constructing the graph (with the aid
of the trigonometric circle and the line of tangents)
makes it possible to plot arbitrarily many points for the
tangent curve without computing individual values of
the function tan x (Fig. 28).
Example 4.1.3. Find the greatest and least values of
the function tan (cos x) on the interval [n/2, 11].
~ e t n/2 ~ Xl < x
2
~ n, then ~ < 1 ~
cos X
2
< cos Xl ~ 0, since the function cos x decreases
from 0 to 1 on the interval [n/2, n]. Therefore the
points P
r oR
X
1
and P('os x, lie in the fourth quadrant, and
tan 1 ~ tan (cos x
2
) < tan (cos Xl) ~ 0,
since tan x increases in the fourth quadrant. Consequently,
the function f (x) = tan (cos x) decreases OIl the interval
120 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
!I
I
I
I
I
j
I
I
I
I /
, 
P.E I
~
o
Fig. 28
1/1 a:
12
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
I
[,,;/2, a], its greatest value is t (n/2) = tan (0) = 0, the
least value being f (n) = tan (1) == tan 1. ~
4. The Graph of Harmonic Oscillations. Harmonic
oscillations are defined as rectilinear motions of a point
governed by the rule s = A sin (rot + ex), where A > 0,
co > 0, and t denotes the time coordinate. Consider the
method of constructing graphs of such oscillations.
Example 4.1.4. Construct the graph of the function
f (x) = sin 4x.
~ W e first represent the graph of the function sin x. If
the point M (a, b) lies on this graph, that is, b == sin a,
then the point N (a/4, b) lies on the graph of the function
f (x) = sin 4x since b = sin (4'1). Thus, if we take
a point on the graph of sin x, then a point having the
same ordinate and whose abscissa equals onefourth of the
abscissa of that point will lie on the graph of the function
.ain 4x. Consequently, the graph of sin 4x is obtained from
4.1. Graphs
121
the graph of sin x by contracting the latter along the axis
of abscissas fourfold (Fig. 29).
To construct the graph of the function y = sin 4., .it
suffices to do the following. From the equation sin 4x === 0
we find the points of intersection of the graph with the
Fig. 29
xaxis: x = nk/4, k EZ. Further, sin 4x = 1 for x ==
1t nk . 1t nk
8 + 2' k EZ, and SIn 4x = 1 for x = 8 + 2'
k EZ. In addition, the fundamental period of the func
tion f (x) = sin 4x is equal to :rt/2:
t (x + ~ = sin (4 (x + ~ sin (4x 2n) = t (x)
(see Sec. 1.3, Item 1). Now we can construct the graph:
mark the points (0, 0), (n/4, 0), (n/2, 0) and also (n/S, 1),
(3n/8, 1), join them with a curve resembling the sine
curve (on the interval [0, nI2]), and then apply transla
.tions along the axis of abscissas, the origin going into the
points of the form (nk/2, 0). ~
In the same way, we can construct the graph of any
function of the form sin WX, where w > O. To this effect,
we have to draw the graph of the function sin x and
then to contract it co times along the axis of abscissas,
that is, to replace each point Al (a, b) of this graph by
the point N tau, b). The following is of importance: if
o< (j) < 1, then, instead of contracting, the graph is
stretched 1/co times: the points will move away from the
axis of ordinates.
It is not difficult now to construct the graph of any
function of the form A sin (wx + ex), A > O. Using the
122 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
equality A sin (wx + a) = A sin (w(x +:)), we are
able to construct a graph in several steps.
(1) Construct the graph of the function sin rox using
the method described above.
(2) The graph of the function sin (w (x + ::) )is ob
tained from the graph of the function sin wx by translat
ing the latter along the axis of abscissas by aJroo In
deed, for every point (x, sin cux) of the graph of sin (Ox
the point (x  :' sin wx) lies on the graph of the
function sin ( CJ)( x + : )), since sin ( CJ)( x : + ~ ))=
sin oox. Usually, the graph of the function sin (Ox is
constructed in a simpler way, the line x = a/ro being
taken for the new axis of ordinates.
(3) To obtain the graph of the function sin ( CJ)( x +: ))
from the graph of the function A sin ( CJ){ x + : ) ) it re
mains to multiply the ordinate of each point of the
graph by A, that is, to stretch this graph A times along
the axis of ordinates (if 0 < A < 1, then, instead of
being stretched, the graph is contracted 1/A times).
In practice, we may proceed as follows: to find the
points of intersection of the graph of the function
A sin (wx + a) with the axis of abscissas by solving the
'equation sin (wx + a) = 0, and, from the equations
sin (wx + a) = 1 and sin (rox + a) = 1, to find the
points of extremum of the function A sin (roz + a) (at the
points of maximum the function takes on the value A,
at the points of minimum the value A); then join the
found points to obtain a curve of sinusoid type. Note
that the function y = A sin (wx + a) is periodic with
the fundamental period 2nlCJ) since A sin ( CJ)( x + ~ 1 t +
ex) = A sin (wx f a + 2n) == A sin (wx + ex).
Example 4.1.5. Construct the graph of the function
4 sin (3x  ~
~ The fundamental period of the function is 2n/3. Find
the points of intersection of this graph with the axis of
4.1. Graphs
123
abscissas: sin (3x  = 0, that is, 3x  ; = nk,
k EZ, or x = + v k EZ. Further, solving the
equation sin (3x  = 1, we get 3x  = + 2nk,
g
)
Fig. 30
that is, x = i +2;k, k EZ. At these points r: func
tion takes on the maximal value equal to 4;/
equation sin (3x  = 1 we find 3x  //
. 21tk / i
2nk, that IS, x = 3' k EZ. At these pr !
/'
124 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
tion 4 sin ( 3x  ~ takes OIl the minimal value equal
to 4. Mark the found points on the coordinate plane
and join them with a smooth line to get the required
graph (Fig. 30). ~
Example 4.1.6. Graph the function sin 2x + 'V'3 cos 2x.
~ The most convenient technique here is to reduce this
Fig. 31
n nk
x== 6+2' kEZ.
of the function:
x:== ;2 + nk ; k EZ,
( ~ +nk, 2), kEZ,
function to the function A sin (roz + a) using the meth
od of introducing an auxiliary angle (see Theorem 2.2):
sin 2x+V3cos2x = 2 ( ~ sin 2x+ ~ cos 2x)
= 2 sin (2x + ~ ) .
The fundamental period of this function is 1t.
(1) The points of intersection of the graph with the
axis of abscissas:
sin (2x+ ~ =0, that is,
(2) The points of maximum
sin (2x+ ~ ) = 1, that is,
therefore the points of the form
Iie OIl the graph of the f unction.
4.1. Graphs f25
(3) The points of minimum of the function:
sin (2x+ ~ = 1, that is, X=  ~ ~ +nk, kEZ,
therefore the points (  ~ ~ +sik,  2 ), k EZ, lie on
the graph.
The graph of the function y = sin 2x + )/3 cos 2x is
shown in Fig. 31. ~
of
Fig. 32
Example 4.1.7. Graph the function
3 /,
l(x)=Tsin2x+2cos2x. ,/
~ s i n g Theorem
4
2.2, we get /1 (xl
where cp == arcsin ""5' 0 < qJ < n.
qualities are valid: )/2/2 < 4/5 :
the function sin x increases 9
Y
We get n/4 < arcsin ~ < n/'f
Note that the fundament/'
equals rt , /
126 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
(1) The points of intersection of the graph with the
axis of abscissas:
sin (2x +cp) ,= 0, that is, x =  i + :It;, k EZ.
(2) The points of maximum of the function:
. (2 + ) '1 h t  rr <P I 1,. k Z
Sin x rp , t a IS, x _. T  "2 , :J1h" L E
(3) The points of minimum of the function:
sin (2x  fP) == '1, that is, x   i +nk, leE z.
With the aid of these points we construct the required
graph as in the preceding example (Fig. 32).
Computing Limits
The theory of limits underlies the important notions of
the continuity and differentiability of a function and
the finding of derivatives and integrals. We confine
ourselves to solving problems on finding limits at certain
points of functions represented by trigonometric expres
sions. To solve these problems, one should know well the
definition of the limit of a function at a point a ER, ba
sic properties of limits (the limit of a sum, product, and
ratio, as well as Theorem 4.2 on the first remarkable
limit.
Definition. Let a function / (x) be defined on the set
D (f) c= R, and let a point a be such that any of its
neighbourhoods contains infinitely many points of D (/)
(an accumulation or limit point of the set D (/). Then
the number b is said to be the limit of the function j(x) at
the point a if for any positive number 8 there is a posi
tive number 6, dependent on 8, such that for any point
xED (/) satisfying the condition 0 < I x  a I < {,
there holds the inequality J f (x)  b 1< E. Written:
b 1i m f (x).
Definition. A function f (x) is said to be continuous at a
point a ED (f) if lim f (x) = f (a).
A function is continuous on a set X c:: D (/) if it is con
tinuous at each point of this set. The sum, difference, and
4.2. Computing Limits 127
product of two functions continuous on one and the same
set. are also continuous on this set. If the denominator of
a Iractiou does not vanish on a set, then the quotient of
two functions continuous on this set is also continuous.
The following statement plays' a key role in testing
trigonometric functions for continuity and computing
various limi ts:
For all real numbers x, satisfying the condition 0 < I x 1<
n/2, there hold the inequalities
I sin x 1'< I x I < I tan x I
The proof will be given later on (see Example 5.1.1),
and now we are going to deduce the continuity of basic.
trigonometric functions.
Theorem 4.1. The functions sin x, cos x, tan x, cot x
are continuous in the domains of their definition.
Proof. Let us prove, for instance, that eosine is contin
uous throughout the number line, that is, show that
for any X
o
ER ...
lim cos x = cos x
o.
X ~ X O
Indeed,
[cos x cos xol = /2 sin xo;x sin xot
x
I
= 21 sin xo;x II sin xot
x
I
~ sin xo;x I
~ xo;x 1= Ix xul
Therefore, setting 6 == e, for any e > 0 for 0 < I x 
X
o
I < 6 we have
I cos x  cos X
o
I ~ I x  X
o
I < B.
The continuity of sine is proved in similar fashion
and that of tangent and cotangent. follows from the prop
erty of continuity of the qnotient of two continuous
functions. ~
128 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
Example 4.2. t. Find out whether the function
{
X sin if x:#= 0, x ER.
f (x) == 0 x
if x 0,
is continuous on R.
For x =1= 0 the gi ven function has the form of the prod
uct 11 (x) f 2 (x) of two functions /1 (x) == x and /2 (x) :=:
sin .!. The function 11 (x) is continuous and the function
x
f 2 (x) == sin! can be represented in the form of the com
x
position
f 2 (x) == / 4 (/ a (x))
of the Iunctionsj , (x) = x =t= 0, and 14 (y) = sin y. By
Theorem 4.1 the function 14 (y) is continuous on Rand
the function f 3 (x) is continuous for x =f:= 0 by virtue of the
remark on the continuity of a fraction. Consequently, the
function /2 (x) is continuous on "e set {x ER: x =t= O}; it
remains only to check whether it is continuous for x == 0,
that is, whether the equality
lim x sin J.. 0 _:;: f (0)
x+O x
is fulfilled.
For e> Oweset 5 == e, then for 0 < Ix 1< 6 we have
I:xsin OI=lxllsin .
Recall that the i)neighbourhood of a point a ER is
defined as an interval of the form (a  6, a + 6), where
6 >0.
Example 4.2.2. Find out whether the function
{
sin ..!.. if x==O, xER,
/ (x) 0 x
if x =::: 0,
is continuous on R.
Note that on the set {x ER: x =t= O} the given function
coincides with the function /2 (x) from Example 4.2.1
and therefore it is continuous on this set. Let us show
that f (x) is not continuous (discontinuous) at the point
4.2. Computing Limits
X
o
= 0, that is, that the equality
I 1 lIn SIn  ===
X ~ O X
129
is violated. To this end, let us take E == 1/2 and consider
the sequence of points
2
xn == n (1+4n) , n :::= 1, 2, 3, ... ,
which satisfy the condition f (x
n
) = 1. Then I I (x
n
) 
t (0) I = 1 > 1/2 == e, and any <5neighbourhood of the
point X
o
== contains infinitely many such points X
n
,
that is, the condition of the continuity of the function at
the point X
o
== 0 is violated. Thus, the function I (x) is
discontinuous at the point X
o
== O. (Similarly, we can
show that no real number b is the limit of the function
sin.!. at the point X
o
== 0.) ~
x
The computation of many limits is based on the fol
lowing theorem.
Theorem 4.2 (on the first remarkable limit):
I
" sin x 1
lm=== .
X40 X
Prool. Let 0 < [z] < 1'/2. Then the inequality
'sin xl < x < [tan z] holds (see Equation (4.1). Divid
ing both sides of this inequality by [sin xl *0, we
get 1 < 1.x_I < I 1 i Taking into account that
sin z cos x
~ O cosx>O for 0< Ixl < 1t
2
, we have 1<
SIn x
_._x_<_1_ and, consequently, 1> sin x >cosx.
SInx cos X tt
Hence we get
sin x 1 0
0<1 < cosx=cos cosx.
x
Since cosine is a continuous function, for any e > 0, there
is a <5 > 0 such that .
o< 10  x I < ~ ==> I cos  cos x 1<8.
901644
(b)
130 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
Therefore for the numbers x =t= 0, satisfying the inequali
ty 0 < I x I we have:
I
sin x I sin x
1
x
 = 1 x<cosOcosx
= [cos Ocos z] < B.
This means that lim sin x == 1_
x..o x
E I
, 2 3 C t (a) 1 2x (b) 11
0
m sin 5x ,
xamp ell. ompu e a lID .3 ,
x..o Sill x x+O x
( ) 1
tan 2x (d) 1 tan 2x
c 1m , 1m 3 .
x sin x
( )
I
 2x I 2 1
lllIIIIII a Im.== Im.
xeO SIll 3x x+O 3 sin 3x
3x
2 1 2 2
== 3""" 10 sin 3x ==3 1 = 3 '
1m 
3x
I
 sin 5x 1 5 sin 5x 5 I" sin 5x 5
1ffi== lID .= lID=,
x+O x x+O 5x 5x+O 5x
(c) 1
tan 2x I" 2 sin 2x 1
1m === 1m .. 
x+O X x+o 2x cos 2x
2 1
sin 2x 1 1 2 1 1 2
== 1m . 1m= = ,
2x+ 0 2x 2x)oo 0 COS 2x
(d) 1
tan 2x 1 2 tan 2x 3x
1m == Iffi. e
xsO sin 3x x+O 3 2x sin 3x
_ lim sin 2x __1_ __1_
 x+O 3 2x cos 2x sin 3x
3x
2 1 sin 2x I 1 i
==. lID . 1m .
3 2x+0 2x 2x+ 0 cos 2x sin 3x
lim 3X
3x+O
212
. icos x
Example 4.2.4. Compute 11m 2
x+O x
that, by virtue of formula (2.41),
1cos x = 2 sin
2
4.2. Computing Limits
131
Consequently, by the property of the li.mit of a product,
;1: X
1 cos x . 1 sin"2 1 sin "2
lim ==llm2.
x+O x
2
2 2 =
2 2
x
siny
I
. 2 sin
2
x +sin x1
Example 4.2.5. Compute rm 2 . 2 3' 1 t
x+n/G SIn x  SIn x 
that for x = n/6 both the numerator and de
nominator of the given fraction vanish, therefore, in this
case, it is impossible to use directly the theorem on the
limit of a ratio. In similar problems we may proceed as
follows: we single out in the numerator and denominator
of the fraction a common factor which vanishes at the
given limit point, but does not vanish in the neighbour
hood of this point, and such that after cancelling this
factor the denominator of the given fraction no longer
vanishes at the point under consideration. Then we can
use the property of the limit of a ratio.
In our case:
2 sin" x t sin x  1 = (2 sin xi) (sin x + 1),
2 sin" x  3 sin x + 1 = (2 sin x  1) (sin x  1),
and, consequently,
lim (2 sin xi) (sin x+1)
x+1t/6 (2 sin x 1) (sin xi)
lim (sin x+1)
lim x+1 x::+_1t_/6 _
x+1t/6 SID X 1  lim (sin x 1)
x+1t/6
1t
sinT+1
=3
()
(in addition to the theorems on the limits of a quotient
and a sum, we have used the fact that the function sin x
is continuous).
9*
lim f (h) f (0)
h ~ It
132 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
4.3. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
with the Aid of a Derivative
1. The basic properties of many functions can be suc
cessfully studied without the aid of the derivative, and
the properties of the derivative are a good illustration of
the properties of the function itself. However, in many
problems points of extremum, intervals of increase or
decrease cannot be determined by elementary means, such
problems must be solved using derivatives. Besides,
when graphing some functions, one must know more
about the behaviour of the function, for instance, whether
its graph touches the axis of abscissas at a certain point
of intersection with this axis or intersects it and what
angle is formed. Such questions can be answered only by
considering the derivative.
Let us first consider the rules for finding the deri vati ves
of basic trigonometric functions.
. Definition. The derivative 0/ a junction / (x) at a point
X
o
is defined as the number
t' ( ) I f (xo+h)  t (xo)
X
o
 1m h
h+O
A function having a derivative at a certain point is
differentiable at this point. Let D
1
be a set of points at
which the function f is differentiable. Associating each
number x ED
1
with the number t' (x), we get a function
defined on the set D
I
This function is called the deriva
tive of the function t and is symbolized as /' (x).
Example 4.3.1. Show that the function
{
X sin ~ if x *0, x ER,
f (x) = x
o if x == 0,
is not differentiable at the point x = o.
Recall that in Example 4.2.1 we proved the continuity
of the given function throughout the number line.
~ e t us prove that this function is not difierentiable
at the point x = 0, that is, that no real number b can be
equal to
4.3. Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions 133
Consider the numbers X
n
= n (1 n = 1, 2,
(such that t (x
n
) = x
n
) and Zn = 1/nn, n = 1, 2,
(such that condition f (zn) = 0). If b = 0, then for 8 =
1/2 we set h = X
n
Then
I
!(Xn>f(O)_OI==1>..!.=e,
X
n
2
and the inequality
I f (h) ;; f (0)  bI< e
does not hold for all the numbers h = X
n
(any Bneigh
hourhood of the point h = 0 contains infinitely many
such points). Analogously, if b =f= 0, then we take 8 =
I b 1/2 and set h = Zn' Then
If (zn);:: f (0)  b1= Ibl > e
for infinitely many numbers of the form h = Zn lying in
any 6neighbourhood of the point h = O.
Recall that if a function f has a derivative at a point
X
o
, then a tangent line to the graph of f is defined, its
slope being equal to j'(x
o)'
The equation of the tangent
line is:
Y == f (x
o)
+ f'(x
o)
(x  x
o).
(4.2)
Example 4.3.2. Prove that the function
{
Ix13/2 sin _1 if x*O, xER,
t (x) x
o if x == 0,
is differentiable at the point x = 0, and I' (0) = O.
a given positive number e we set 6 = e
2
Then
If (h);; f (0) Ihp/2 < e,
if 0 < I h I < 6. Consequently,
o= lim f (h)  f (0) , t' (0).
h+O b
131: 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
Note that in this case the tangent line to the graph of
j (x) at x == 0 coincides with the axis of abscissas.
Theorem 4.3. On the domains oj definition oj the func
tions sin x, cos x, tan x, cot x the following equalities
hold true:
(sin x)' ==.: cos X, (cos x)' =  sin x,
(tan x)' == 1/cos
2
x (cot x)' = 1/sin
2
x.
Proof. For the function sin x this theorem is deduced
from the first remarkable limit (Theorem 4.2). Indeed, if
j (x) === sin x, then, by virtue of identi ty (2.18) for the
sine of two real numbers, we have:
f (.r+h) f (x) _ sin (x+h}sin x
11,  h
= (2cos (x+ ; )Sin+)lh.
Now, using the properties of limits, we get
. h
lim = lim cos Sill 2
h+O h+O 2 h
2'"
. h
. J sloT
= Jim cos (x+ +) lim 1 =eos x.
h./2+0 h/2+0 _1,
2
Here, we have also taken advantage of the continuity of
the function cos x.
For the function cos x the theorem can be proved using
the reduction formulas (2.7) and the Iol lowing rule for
differentiation of a composite function:
If a function g has a derivative at a point Yo == f (x
o
),
and a junction j at a point x
o
, then the composite junction
h (x) == g (f (x) also has a derivative at x
o
, and
4.3. Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions 135
Let 118 now represent the function cos x in the form
sin ( ;  x ) = g (f (x)) and apply the rule (4.3) for
g (y) == sin y, / (x) ==  x:
(Sin (  x ) )' = g' (f (x)) f' (z) =  cos ( ; . x )
= sinx.
In order to prove the theorem for tan x and cot x, it suf
fices to use the rule for differentiating the quotient of two
functions. Let us also recall some other differentiation
rules. If the functions f (x) and g (x) are differentiable,
then:
(I (x) +g (x))' = I' (x) + g' (x), (4.4)
(CI (x' = C]' (x), C is a constant, (4.5)
(I (x) g (x' = I' (x) g (x) + t (x) g' (x), (4.6)
(f(x)/g(x),= .f'(x)g(x)f(x)g'(x) (4.7)
g2 (x)
for points x such that g (x) =t= O.
Using the rule (4.7) and the aforeproved, we get
, ( sin x ) I sin' x cos xcos' x sin x
tan x =  == 
cos X cos
2
x
cos
2
x + sin
2x
1
 cos
2
X = cos
2
X '
t
' ( cosx ) I cos' x sin xsin' x cos x
co X = sin x = sin
2
x
sin
2
xcos
2
x
sin
2
x
Example 4.3.3. Find the derivative of the function
sinxxcosx
y === cos x +x sin x
Using the rules (4.7), (4.4), (4.6), and the formulas of
Theorem 4.3, we get
(
sinxxcosx )' _ u'vuv'
cos x +x sin x  v
2
,
136 4. 1noesugattng Trigonometric Functions
where
u = sin x  x cos I, V = cos x + x sin x,
, ., ( )'
U = SIn x  x cos x
= cos x  (cos x  x sin x) = x sin x,
, '+( . )'
v = cos x x SIn x
= sin x + (sin x + x cos x) = x cos x,
u'v  uv' = x sin x (cos x + x sin x)
 (sin x  x cos x) x cos x
= x
2
sin" x + x
2
COS
2
X = x
2
,
whence
, x
2
y ;== (cos x +x sin X)2 ,
the derivative exists everywhere in the domain of the
given function, that is, for x's such thaf cos x + x sin x =I=
o.
Example 4.3.4. Compute the derivative of the indicated
functions:
(a) y = sin (sin (sin x)),
(b) y = sin (cos" (tan" (x
4
+ 1))).
(a) By the rule (4.3) for differentiating a composite
function applied twice, we get
y' = cos (sin (sin x)) cos (sin x). cos x.
(b) Let us write the function in the form of a composite
function:
Y = f6 (1
5
(14 (f 3 (12 (f1 (x)))))),
where 11 (x) == x
4
+ 1, /2 (x) == tan x, fa (x) = x
3
,
f 4 (x) = COS x, f 6 (x) == x
2
, 16 (x) = sin x, and we get
t; (x) = 4x
3
, i; (x) = L/cos'' x, t; (x) = 3x
2
, (x) =
sin x, (x) = 2x, (x) = cos x. Consequently, by
applying the rule (4.3) several times, we get
y' (x) = cos (cos (tan" (x
4
+1))). 2 cos (tan" (x
4
+1))
X (sin (tan
3(x4+1)))3tan2(x4
+1). 1 .4x3
cos (x
4
+ 1)
=== 12x
3
COS (cos (tan" (x
4
+1)))
. (2t 3( 4+1)) sin
2(x4
+ 1) ........
X SIn an x cos (x 4 +1) ......
4.3. Derivatives of Trigonometric Functions 137
Example 4.3.5. Prove the following formulas for deriv
atives of inverse trigonometric functions:
(a) (arcsin x)' =V 1 ,
1x
2
(b) =  V 1 ,
a a2x2
(c) (arctan : )' =
Let us prove, for instance, formula (a). By the defini
tion of arc sine, for x E[1, 1] there holds the identity
sin (arcsin x) = x,
Computing the derivatives of both sides, we get for
Ix 1<1:
cos (arcsin x) (arcsin x)' = 1.
But cos (arcsin x) == V1 x
2
, since if ex.:=; arcsin x, then
sin a == x, therefore cos a is nonnega
tive and cosa=V1x
2
Consequently,
(arcsin x)' ==== 1/V1x
2
1
4.17. y==tan2xcot2x. 4.18. y==x
2cos
.
.r
4.19. y === x + sin x cos x.
4.20. (a) y === tan sin x; (b) y == tan" x.
In Problems 4.21 to 4.24, find the critical points and
compute the least and greatest values of the given func
tions.
4.21. Y==lsin2xl+V3cos2x.
4.22. y === [sin 2xl+ V3 [cos 2
x
l.
4.23. y == aresin (cos z). 4.24. y = arccos (cos x).
In Problems 4.25 anti 4.26, find the intervals of increase
and decrease of the given functions.
{
si n _1_, x==O,
4.25. Y===lxlcos2x. Y== x
0, x=O.
4.27. Find all the values of x for each of which the
tangent lines to the graphs of the functions
y (x) = 3 cos 5x and y (x) == 5 cos 3x t 2
at points wi th abscissa x are parallel.
4.28. Find all the values of the parameter b for each
of which the function
f (x) = sin 2x  8 (b + 2) cos x  (4b
2
t 1Gb + 6) x
decreases throughout the number line and has no critical
points.
4.29. Find the greatest value of the expression
2 ( 15rt ) ( 1
77Jt
_ 4x) 0 /8
SIn stfX sin
2
for
to*
for O<x<n/8.
t48 4. Investigating Trigonometric Functions
4.30. Find the least value of the expression
cot 2x tan 2x
1+sin (5; 8x)
In Problems 4.31 to 4.35, find the greatest and least
values of the given functions on the indicated intervals.
4.31. f (x) = x + cos" X, x E[0, n/2l.
4.32. f (x) = tan x + cot 2x, x E[rt/6, n/3l.
4.33. f(x) =i cos 2x +sin x, x E[0, 31/2].
4.34. f (x) =  { sin 2x++cos
3
xcos x,
xE[n/2, n/2].
4.35. f(x)=cos
2x+sinx,
xErO, rt/41.
Chapter 5
Trigonometric Inequalities
5.1. Proving Inequalities Involving Trigonometric
Functions
Problems on proving trigonometric inequalities fall into
several types. Some problems require to prove a numeri
cal inequality which is satisfied by some value of a tri
gonometric function or an expression composed of values
of trigonometric functions; while other problems require
to prove that an inequality is satisfied for all values of
the arguments of a given trigonometric expression or
for the permissible values of the arguments that satisfy
an additional constraint of the hypothesis. However, in
any case the solution is reduced to investigating the val
ues of a trigonometric function on some interval from
its domain of definition or on the entire domain. In sim
ple cases, we succeed in transforming a trigonometric
expression in similar problems so that it is then possible
to directly apply an inequality of the form I sin x I ~ 1
or I cos x I~ 1. In other cases, we can transform the
trigonomet.ric expression under consideration so that, as
a result, it takes the form of a function F (z) in which the
argument z is represented by some other, simpler trigon
ometric function or trigonometric expression. In such
a case, the solution of the problem is reduced to investi
gating the function F (z), bearing in mind that z can
meet the additional conditions connected with properties
of trigonometric functions. In this case the function F (z)
can be analyzed using either the derivative or elementary
considerations such as, for instance, the inequality be
tween an arithmetic and a geometric mean of two non
negative numbers a and b:
lj a+b
.' a b ~ ,
150 5. Trigonometric Inequalities
in which the equality sign occurs only for a ~ b. An
important class of problems comprise inequalities whose
proof is reduced to comparison of the size of an acute
angle, its sine and tangent (see equation (4.1)). We begin
to consider some examples wi th this inequality.
Example 5.1.1. Prove that for 0 < t < n/2 the fol
lowing inequalities hold:
sin t < t < tan t
sin t
cos t : t < 1.
A
Fig. 37
~ Consider the trigonometric circle and mark the point
Pt in the first quadrant
corresponding to a real
number t. Then LAOPt ~ t
(radians). The first inequal
ity is obtained from the
comparison of the areas of
the triangle OAP
t
, the sec
tor OAEPt, and the trian
.z gle OAWt, where W
t
is a
point on the line of tangents
(that is, on the tangen t to
the trigonometric circle at
the point A) corresponding
to the point Pt (sec Fig. 37
and Sec. 1.2, Item 3). It is
known from geometry that the following equalities hold
true:
Sf; OAP
t
= { IOAIIOPtl sin t = +sin t ,
1 1
8
6
UAW
t
==T IOAIIA1Vtl ~ tan t,
SOAEP
t
~ t/2
(the last formula follows from the fact that the area of a
complete circle of unit radius, equal to Jtr
2
== 1(, may be
considered as the area of a sector of 2n radians, and,
consequently, the area of a sector of t radians is found
from an obvious proportion and equals t/2).
5.1. Proving Inequalities
151
Since OAPt is contained entirely in the sector
OAEP
t
, and the latter is contained in 60AW
t
, we
have whence
sin t < t < tan t.
(5.2)
Dividing the terms of (5.2) by sin t > 0, we get 1 <
t 1 . sin t
'"'.t < t ' or cos t < t < 1.
SIn cos .
Example 5.1.2. Prove that sin 1 > n/4.
Using the reduction formula (2.7), we pass to cosine
and make use of formula (2.39) for cosine of double argument:
sin 1 = cos (  1) = 1 2 sin? ( +) .
We now use inequality (5.2), which implies that
sin __1_) __1_ therefore
4 2 4 2'
12sin> __1_) > 12
. 4 2 4 2 '
and, to prove the inequality, it suffices to ascertain
(
rt 1 ) 2 Jt n
2
n 1
that 12 4  2 >4 or 8' 42<0 or
n
2
 2Jt 4 < O. Note that all the solutions of the
inequality x
2
 2.'C  4 < 0 are specified by the condi
tion 1 11 5< x < 1+ V5. Using the estimates
VS> 2.2 and Jt < 3.2, we get rt < 3.2 < 1 +V5,
Jt> 0> 1V5. Consequently, together with the ine
quality n
2
 2n  4 < 0, the original inequality is also
true.
Note that inequality (5.2) enables us to calculate ap
proximately the number sr. Indeed, it follows from (5.2)
that for n > 2 the following ineqnalities hold true:
nsin
n n
Note that the number is the perimeter of a
n
regular ngoll j nscriherl in the trigonometric ci rc le,
while the number 2n tan is the perimeter of n rcgu
n
152 5. Trigonometric Inequalities
lar ngon circumscribed about this circle (see Fig. 38,
where n == 5). It follows from Theorem 4.2 that
. n
SID
lim n s i n ~ tan"'::') =; lim n ( 1 )
n+oo n n 11+00 ~ 1cos~
n n
=n1 (11)==:0,
which makes it possible to approximate the number n
by numbers of the form n sin rr n tan ~
n' n
II
a:
t'ig. 38
consequently,
3t 1(
tan 8== V 2 1,
with an arbitrarily high accuracy. For instance, if
n = 2R., then the numbers sin ; , tan ~ can be found
from formulas (2.47) and (2.49) for halfargument func
j
tions. Thus, if k = 2, then sin : = t
2
2
, tan ~ "'' 1,
1[ n V? __ "r
2
therefore 2 V 2 < rr < 4. If k == 3, then sin 8:'='= .... 2 * ,
n 'V2+72
cos 8 =. 2
5.1. Proving Inequalities
153
I., " ~ _ V2V2+V'2 . n
For k  1 we get SIn 16  2 ,COS 16 ===
~ 2 V 2 V 2 :rt Vy 1/
2 ' tan16 ~ 2 2 t 1 y 2  1, there
fore 8 V2  V2+Y2 < n < 16 (2 Y11 2 +1 112 1).
In addition, the following estimates hold true:
8
V
2 V 2+V2> 3.1,
16 (2 VV2+11121) < 3.2,
which are proved by squaring both sides several times.
Hence, in particular, we get the inequality 3.1 < rr < 3.2,
which we used repeatedly when solving problems.
Example 5.1.3. Prove that for 0 < t < 'It/2 the in
equality t ~ < sin t holds.
<lIlIIII Let us use inequality (5.2) which implies that
t t
T<tan
z
(5.3)
Mul ti pl ying both sides of (5.a) by tile positive numher
t t t t
2 cos  we get t cos  < 2 tan  cos
2
_ 
2 ' 2 2 2
2
t t . t
SID 2 cos 2: :.=::. SIn , or
t ( 1 sin ; ) < sin t.
S
. ttL I . tl I It 1 I . I
IDee SIn 2 < 2 ' JJy rep acing In . re {}  ianr SIt o
of (5.4) sin } by i ' we got t ( 1  ~ ) < sin i, that is,
t
3
tT<slnt. ~
Example 5.1.4. Prove the inequality
sin a sin 2a sin 3a < 3/4.
154 5. Trigonometric lnequalittes
~ have
sin ex sin 2a sin 3ex = sin 2a cos 2a  cos 4a
2
2 sin 2(1. cos 2a  2 sin 2(1. cos 4a
4
=== sin 4a+sin 2asin 6a ~ ~
4 ~ 4 '
since I sin t I ~ 1. But an equality would occur only if
sin 4a == sin 2a == sin 6a == 1. Let us show that this
is impossible. To this end, it suffices to show that sin 4a
and sin 2a are not equal to 1 simultaneously. Indeed, let
sin 2a == 1, then cos 2a == 0, therefore sin 4a ==
2 sin 2a cos 2a == 20 == 0 =1= 1. ~
Example 5.1.5. Prove that for 0 < x < n/4 the ine
o cos x
qual ity . 2 ( .) > 8 takes place.
SIn x cos XSIn x
~ Since cos . =I= 0, by dividing the numerator and
denominator of the lefthand side by cos" x, we get
sin
2
x (COS x sin X )
cos
2
X Cos X  cos x
1+tan
2
X
tan
2
x (1 tan x)
(1 tan x)2 +2 tan .T
tan
2
x (1 tan x)
itan x 2
:=:.; tan
2
x +tan x (1 tan x)
Since tanx+(1tanx)==1 (a constant quantity), and
the numbers a==tanx, b==.:1tanx are nonnegative
by hypothesis, inequality (5.1) implies that for
tan x == 1/2 the expression tan x (1 tan x) takes OIl the
greatest value. Consequently, the least value of the
expression t (1
2
t ) is equal to 8. But since for
anx  an x
O
11: th . 1 tan z > 0 h
< x < T e expression tau
2
x ,we ave
1tanx __ I 2 8 ........
tan
2
x r tan x (itan x) > 0 ....
5.1. Proving Inequalities
155
Example 5.1.6. Prove the inequality
sin" ex + cos" ex ~ 1/8.
For what values of a does the equality occur?
~ W e have sin" a + cos a = 1,
(sirr' t cos
2a)2
== sin" ex + cos' o: + 2 sin
2
a., cos'' o: == 1,
but since, according to (5.1), sirr' ex, + cos! a ~
2 sin? ex cos" , we have sin! ex, + cos! ex ~ 1/2, the equal
ity occurring when sin ex == +cos a. Further,
(sin" ex + cos" a)2
== sins a., + cos" ex + 2 sin" ex cos'' CG ~ 1/4,
and since, according to (5.1), sins o: + cos" a ~
2 sirr' a cos" ex, we have sins ex + cos" a ~ 1/8. As before,
the equality occurs when sin a = +cos a." that is, for
11: 1tk 1
ex = 7; + 2' tc EZ. ~
Example 5.1.7. Prove the inequality
(x f y) (x t y t 2 cos x) + 2 ~ 2 sin
2
x,
For what values of x and y does the equality occur?
~ Let us rewrite the given inequality as follows:
(x f y)2 t 2 (x i y) cos x + 2 (1  sin" x) ;?; 0,,
or (x + y)2 + 2 (x + y) cos x + cos X + cos" X ~ 0,
that is,
((x + y)2 + cos X)2 + cos" X ~ o.
In other words, the inequality has been reduced to an
obvious one, since both terms are nonnegative. For the
equality to occur, it is necessary and sufficient that
{
X +y r cos x=::: 0, { x + y==Ot
or
cos x === 0, cos x:=:: o.
Consequently, the equality holds when x = ~ (2k+ 1)
y ~ ~ ~ (2k+1), kEZ. For any other values of x,
y we have a strict inequality. ~
156 5. Trigonometric Inequalities
Example 5.1.8. Prove that there occurs the in
equality where y=cos2xI3sinx.
have 2sin
2
x t3 sill x t 1.
Let sinx=z, where then Y=
3 3
For z= 2 2) = T the function y (z) takes on the
greatest value equal to 2 +3 f+1 = 2+.
To find the least value of y (z) on the closed interval
[1, 1], it suffices (by virtue of the properties of the
quadratic function) to compare its values at the end
points of the interval. We have: Y (1) = 2  3 +
1 = 4, y (1) = 2 + 3 t '1 = 2. 'rhus, for the num
bers z belonging to the closed interval [1, 1] the least
value of y is 4, the greatest value is ...
Example 5.1.9. Prove the inequality
o< sins x f COS
14
X 1.
sin" x 1 and cos" x 1 for any x ER, we
have: sins x sin" x and COS
14
x cos" x. Adding these
inequali ties termwise, we get sins x + COS
14
X 1. Since
sins x 0 and COS
14
x 0, we have sins x + COS
14
X > 0,
an equality being satisfied only if sins x and COS
14
x are
both equal to zero which is impossible, that is, sin" x t
COS
14
X > o.
5.2. Solving Trigonometric Inequalities
For some time trigonometric inequalities have not
been set at entrance exams, although some problems
involve the comparison of values of trigonometric func
tions. For instance, when sol ving equations and systems
of equations containing, along with trigonometric func
tions, logarithms or radicals, the domain of permissible
values of unknowns is given by conditions having the
form of trigonometric i nequal i tics. In such problems,
however, the only thing required is, from the set of roots
obtained, to choose those which belong to the domain of
permissible values without finding this domain itself.
5.2. Solving Inequalities
157
Q
y
Fig. 39
But the ability to solve simple trigonometric inequalities
may turn out to be useful, for instance, when it is re
quired to find the intervals of increase and decrease of a
function using its derivative, and the function and its
derivative are given with the aid of trigonometric expres
sions. In this section, we
consider some examples on
solving trigonometric ine
qualities.
The technique of solving
simple trigonometric ine
quali ties is, in many re":
spects, the same as that of
solving corresponding tri
gonometric equations. For
instance, let there be re
quired to solve the inequal
ity tan t a. The num
ber tan t is the ordi na te of
the point W t on the line
of tangents corresponding
to the point P t (see Sec.
1.4, Item 3 and Fig. 39).
Therefore in order to solve
this inequality, we have
first to find all points P t
on the trigonometric circle
such that the ordinates of the corresponding points
on the line of tangents are less than, or equal to, a.
The set of such points is shown in Fig. 39; in the
given case, it consists of two parts, one part being
obtained from the other when rotated about the point 0
through an angle of 11: (radians). Then we have to pass
from the points on the circle to the corresponding real
numbers. Since the function tan t is periodic with period
n, it suffices to find all the solutions of the inequality in
question belonging' to a definite interval of length n;
since all the remaining solutions wi ll differ from the found
ones by a shift to the right or left by numbers multiple
of rr. To get the shortest possible answer, it is desired
that the initial interval of length n be chosen so that the
solutions belonging to that interval, in turn, constitute
15S $. Trigonometric lnequalities
a continuous interval. In our case, we may take, for in
stance, ('Jt/2, 'Jt/2) as such an interval. If t E('Jt/2,
n/2), then the found set of points contains on the circle
points Pt such that n/2 < t arctan a (in Fig. 39
the points P t1 and P t2' for example). 1'herefore, the set
of solutions of the inequality tan x a is a union of an
infinite number of intervals
i t nn < x arctan a t nn, n EZ.
Other simplest trigonometric inequalities are solved in
a similar way. For the sake of convenience, we give a
list of solutions of simple trigonometric inequalities:
(1) sin x a. If I a I 1, then
arcsin a + n (2n  1) x arcsin a 1 23tn, n EZ.
If a 1, then x is an arbitrary real number. If a < 1,
then there is no solution.
(2) sin If la then
arcsin a +. 2nn x arcsin a + (2n + 1) 31, n EZ.
If a > 1, then there is no solution. If a. 1" then x
is an arbitrary real number.
(3) cos x a. If I a I 1, then
arccos a f 2nn x arccos a + 2n (n + 1), n EZ.
If a 1, then x is an arbitrary real number. If a < 1,
then there is no solution.
(4) cos x a. If I a I 1, then
arccos a + 2nn x arccos a + 2 nn, n EZ.
If a > 1, then there is no solution. If a 1, then x is
an arbitrary real number.
(5) tan  1 nn < a +nn, n EZ.
(6) arctan nEZ.
(7) cot x a. arccot a + sin x < rr (n + 1), n EZ.
(8) cot x a. nn < x arccot a nn, n EZ.
5 . ~ . Solving Inequaltttes
In most cases, solution of trigonometric inequali ties
can be reduced to solution of one or several simple ine
qualities using identical trigonometric transformations
and an auxiliary unknown. Consider some examples.
Example 5.2.1. Solve the inequality
5 . 2 1. 22 2
TS1n x+Tsln x>cos x.
~ Using the halfangle formula for sine, we rewri te our
inequality in the form 5 (1  cos 2x) + 2 (1  cos'' 2x) >
8 cos 2x, or
2 cos" 2x + 13 cos 2x  7 < O.
Setting y === cos 2x, we get the quadratic inequality
2y2+13y7 < 0 whose solution is the interval
7 < y < 1/2. Thus, the problem has been reduced to
solving the inequality  7 < cos 2x < 1/2. The inequal
ity 7<cos2.x is satisfied for any x. Solving the
inequality cos 2x < 1/2, we get ~ f 2:rrn < 2x < ~ 3 t
2nn, nEZ, that is, ~ +nn<x< 5: +.Tln, nEZ.
Example 5.2.2. Solve the inequality
5 t 2 cos 2x ~ 3 I 2 sin x  1 I.
4I11III Using the doubleargument formula for cosine, we
reduce the given inequality to the form
7  4 sin" x ~ 3 12 sin x  1 I.
Setting y = sin x, ,ve get
7  4y2 ~ 3 I 2y  1 I.
(a) Let y ~ 1/2, then 7  4y2 ~ 3 (2y  1) or 2y2 +
3y  5 ~ O. Solving this inequality, we get y ~ 1 and
y ~ 5/2, but from the condition y ~ 1/2 we ha ve
y ~ 1.
(b) Let y < 1/2. Then the inequality is rewritten as
Iol lows: 7  4y2 ~ 3 (2y  1) or 2y2  3y  2 ~ u.
Solving the last inequali ty, we get y ~ 2 and y ~ 1/2
Of, by hypothesis, y ~ 1/2.
Thus, all x's satisfying the inequalities sin x ~ 1 and
sin x ~ 1/2 are solutions of the original inequality.
The first inequality holds true only for x's satisfying the
160 5. Trigonometric Inequalities
equation sin x = 1, that is,
Solving the second inequality, \ve get
5n n ,
nEZ.
n 5n
Thus, x:::Tl2nn, nEZ, and
 +2nn, nEZ.
Example 5.2.3. Solve the inequality
sin" x + cos" X > 13/16.
Transforming the Iefthand side, we have
sin" x t cos" X
:::= (sin
2
.7: t cos
2
x) (sin! x  sin? x cos
2
x +cos! x)
=== (sin" x + cos X)2  3 sin
2
x cos x
== sin2 2x= 1 __1_ 3 cos4x
4 II: 2 8 8
Hence, the problem has been reduced to solving the
. 1 5 3 cos 4x ...... 13 !J 1/2 H
inequa lty R + 8 .> 16 or cos JX> ence,
 r 2nn < 4.1; < +2nn, nEZ, whence
3t +rtn n I 1tn
12 'T<x<12
T
 2 '
Example 5.2.4. Solve the inequality
sin 2x 1 tan x 2.
nEZ.
lefthand side is defined for x =1= + sin, nEZ,
. 2 tan x
and for the same x's the substitution SIn 2x 1+tan2 x
leads to the equivalent inequal ity
2 tan x
t+tan
2
x +tan
5.2. Solving Inequalities
161
Setting y=tanx, we have or (since
y2 + 1 > 0) 2y + (y  2) (y2 + 1) O. Removing the
parentheses, we get y3  2y2 + 3y  2 > 0 which can
be rewritten as follows:
or
y2 (y _ 1)  y (y  1) + 2 (y  1) 0,
(y2 _ Y + 2) (y  1) o.
The quadratic function y2  Y + 2 is positive for any y
(since the discriminant is negative), therefore the last
inequality is equivalent to the inequality y  1 0, or
tan x  1 0, tan x 1. Hence
Example 5.2.5. Solve the inequality cos" x < 3/4.
given inequality is equivalent to the inequalities
 V3/2 < cos x < Y3/2 or to the system of ineqnali
ties
{
cosx>  y3/2,
cos x < Y3/2.
The set representing the solution of this system is the
intersection of the sets which are the solutions of two
simple trigonometric inequalities. In order to find this
intersection, it is convenient to consider the closed inter
val [rt, n] and mark on it separately the solutions of
the first and second inequalities. Then we get two subin
tervals
5n n n 5n
<x< and  <x<
6 6 6 6
Noting that one interval can be obtained from the other
by shifting the latter by n and taking into account that
cos x is a periodic function with period 2n, we may write
the answer in the following form:
n 5n
T+
nn<x<6+nn,
nEZ.
1101644
162 5. Trigonometric Inequalities
PROBLEMS
In Problems 5.1 to 5.18, solve the given inequalities.
5.1. cos x 1/2. 5.2. sin 2x < Y2/2.
5.3. sin 1/2. 5.4. tan (3x  1) < 1tV3.
5.5. r tan x 1 Va. 5.6. 1 cos x I < 1/2.
5.7. sin" x < 1/4. 5.8. tan" x > 1/3.
5.9. 2 sin" x sin x. 5.10. 2 cos" x + cos x < 1.
5.11. Isinx 1< l cos z I 5.12. l sin z I> l cos z I
5.13. l sin z Icosx>1.4.
5.14. I sin x I + I cos x I > 1.
5.15. 4 (sin
2
x  I cos x I) < 1.
5.16. > Y3.
SIn x cos x
5 4 (sin
2
x +cos x)
5.17.
COS x
5.18. Isi.n x+.cos x 1.
SIn x cos x
5.19. Which is greater: tan 1 or arctan 1?
1
5.20. Which is smaller: (a) T or arctan T+
5 n . 2 2
arctan
S
? (b) T or arcsin T+arccos 3 1
5.21. Which is greater: sin (tan 1) or tan (sin 1)?
In Problems 5.22 to 5.25, prove the indicated inequali
ties.
5.22. x)sin(
5.23. 0 cos" a + cos'' (ex, +
 2 cos ex cos cos (ct + B) 1.
5.24. (cot" ex  1) (3 cot" ex  1) (cot 3ct tan 2ex  1)
1.
5.25.
SID x2 2 3SID X
Answers"
CHAPTER 1
1.1. (a) In the fourth quadrant, (b) in the second quadrant,
(c) in the third quadrant. 1.2. (a) Ms, (b) A?2' (c) A:'Ao.
1.3. iJ;B4. 1.4. N=21113=28G. 1.6. The number C t  ~ / J t must
be rational. 1.7. (a) sin 1 > sin ( 1+ 2; ), (b) cos ( 1+ 2; ) >
cos ( 1+ 4; ) . 1.8. (a) The plus sign, (b) the plus. 1.9. (a) No,
(b) yes. 1.10. The minus. 1.11. (a) 1/2, (b)  V2/2, (c) Y2/2,
(d) lfS/2. 1.12. The minus. 1.13. (a) 1, (b)  ya. 1.14. Hint.
~
Consider the coordinates of the sum of vectors OP 23th and
a+
N
prove that this sum is zero since it remains unchanged under
the rotation through an angle of 2n/N. 1.15. 91831. 1.16. No.
1.19.2Jl. 1.21. (a) 6, (b) 30n. 1.22. n/3. 1.27. Y==!O+fl'
where fo==(sin (x+1) sins (2x3)+sin (x1)sin
3(2x+3/2,
/1=
(sin (x+1) sin
3
(2x3) sin (x1) sin'' (2x+3))/2. t.28. y=10+11,
h
f
rt .:Tt 2 f . 1(;. +
'v ere o==cosgcosxsln12cos x, l=sln
g
slll x
cos ;2 sin2x. 1.29. (a) a==O, b is arbitrary, (b) b==O, a is arbi
trary. 1.30. (a) The plus sign, (b) the minus. 1.31. (a) The minus,
(b) the plus, (c) the plus, (d) the plus. 1.32. (a) The plus, (b) the
minus, (c) the minus, (d) the minus. t.33. Increasing. 1.34. In
creasing. 1.36. Decreasing. 1.37. (a) cos t ==  3/5, tan t = 4/3,
cot t= 3/4, (b) cos t= 12/13, tan t=5/12, cot t=12/5,
(c) cos t=4/5, tan t= 3/4, cot t= 4/3. 1.38. (a) sin t=24/25,
tant=24/7, cott=7/24, (b) sint=7/25, tant=7/24, cott=
24/7, (c) sin t = 8/17, tan t == 8/15, cot t = 15/8.
1.39. (a) sin t = 3/5, cos t = 4/5, cot t = 4/3, (b) sin t = 3/5,
cos t == 4/5, cot t =  4/3. 1.40. (a) sin t =  5/13, cos t =
12/13, tant=5/12, (b) sint=12/13, cost==5/13, tant=
(
1t 2n) (n 11:)
5.6. 3+
nn
, g+nn 5.7. T+
'1n,
If+nn .
5.8. ( ~ +nn, _0 ~ +nnJ ' [ ~ +rrn, ~ +nn) .5.9. [2M,
11: ] [51(; 'J ( 1t I
6"+2nn , T+
2rrn
, n+2nn . 5.10. n+2n:n, 31
2nn ), ~ +2nn, rt +2JTn ). 5.11. ~ +nn. ~ +nn ) .
(
n 3rt) ( n 531 )
5.12. 4+
nn
, T+ttn 5.13. "12+
2nn
, 12+2nn ,
(
511: 1t) nn (n
12+
2nn
, 12+ 2nn 5.14. x 4= 2 . 5.15. T+
nn
,
1 ) ( n 5n) n (rr
3+nn . 5.16. 4+:rn, f2+ 1[11, 5.17. T+
2nn
, 2+
3n ) r n ]
2nn, 2+2nn 5.18. Lrtn, 2+nn . 5.19. tan 1. 5.20. (a) n/4,
(b) n/4. 5.21. tan (sin 1).
Subject Index
Basic properties of trigonomet
ric functions, 23
Basic trigonometric functions,
18
Addition formulas, 41
Arc cosine, 33
Arc cotangent, 35
Arc sine, 32
Arc tangent, 35
Evaluation of trigonometric
expressions, 6370
Even function, 26
Extremum,
a necessary condition of, 139
a sufficient condition of, 139
Computing limits, 126131
Coordinate circle, 10
Cosine, 18
of sum (difference) of
real numbers, 4245
Cotangent, 20
of a difference, 50
of a sum, 50
Degree(s), 9
Derivative(s), 132
two
reduction, 45
of sum and difference of like
trigonometric functions,
51
for transforming a product of
trigonometric functions
into a sum, 53
of triples argument, 62
Function(s),
continuous at a point, 126
decreasing, 27
differentiable, 132
discontinuous, 129
even, 26
increasing, 27
nondecreasing, 27
nonincreasing, 27
odd, 23
periodic, 23
Fundamental trigonometric
identity, 18
Graph of harmonic oscillations,
120126
Graphs of basic trigonometric
functions, 113
Halfangle (argument) formu
las, 59
Harmonic oscillations, 120
Formula(s),
addition of, 41
of double argument, 55
of half argument, 59
Intervals of monotonicity, 27
Inverse trigonometric functions,
31
Investigating trigonometric
functions with the aid of
derivative, 132
172 Subject Index
Limit(s), 126
first remarkable, 129
of a function, 126
Line,
of cotangents, 21
of tangents, 21
Monotonicity, 27
interval of, 27
sufficient condition of, 137
Nondecreasing function, 27
Nonincreasing function, 27
Odd function, 26
Periodicity, 23
Period(s)
fundamental, 23
Point(s),
accumulation, 126
critical, 138
of extremum, 138
limit, 126
of maximum, 137
of minimum, 137
Principal methods of solving
trigonometric equations,
8790
Properties and graph of the
functions:
f (x) = cos I, 116118
f (x) .= sin I, 113115
f (x) = tan I, 118120
Quadrantts), 17
Radian, 9
Reduction formulas, 45
Relation bet,veen trigonomet
ric functions, 30
Root(s),
ari thmetic square, 87
Simplifying trigonometric ex
pressions, 70
Sine. 18
of a differenceJ 47
of a sum, 47
Sine line l 115
Sinusoid, 115
Solving
the equation cos t = m; 33
simplest trigonometric Iunc
tions, 31
trigonometric equations and
systems of equations in se
veral unknowns, 101109
Tangent, 20
or a difference, 48
of a sum, 48
Transforming
the expression a sin t + b,
54
sums and products of trigon
ometric expressions, 74
Trigonometric
circle, 10
equations and systems of equa
tions, 80
inequalities, 149160
Unit of measurement, 9
Universal substitution formu
las, 56
Vertices of a regular Ngon, 13
\V ina i ng the real axis on the
trigonometric circle, 11
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