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# X being an angle, solve

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Solve, given that (0o < x < 360o): 2 sin2 x - 3 sin x + 1 = 0

I have to solve for x, and x has to be an angle.

Shades  Jan 6, 2016

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Sorry, folks.......the answer to this question is shown by the graph below :

The solutions occur at 30, 90 and 150  degrees......

See my "workings" here : http://web2.0calc.com/questions/unanswered-question-x-being-an-angle-solve

CPhill  Jan 8, 2016
edited by CPhill  Jan 8, 2016
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Solve for x:
1-3 sin(x)+2 sin^2(x) = 0

The left hand side factors into a product with two terms:
(sin(x)-1) (2 sin(x)-1) = 0

Split into two equations:
sin(x)-1 = 0 or 2 sin(x)-1 = 0

Add 1 to both sides:
sin(x) = 1 or 2 sin(x)-1 = 0

Take the inverse sine of both sides:
x = pi/2+2 pi n_1  for  n_1  element Z
or  2 sin(x)-1 = 0

Add 1 to both sides:
x = pi/2+2 pi n_1  for  n_1  element Z
or  2 sin(x) = 1

Divide both sides by 2:
x = pi/2+2 pi n_1  for  n_1  element Z
or  sin(x) = 1/2

Take the inverse sine of both sides:
| x = pi/2+2 pi n_1  for  n_1  element Z
or  x = (5 pi)/6+2 pi n_2  for  n_2  element Z        or x = pi/6+2 pi n_3  for  n_3  element Z

Guest Jan 6, 2016
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I don't know what you tried to do, but that doesn't help me at all, sorry...

Shades  Jan 6, 2016
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That is because you don't understand "complex solutions"!!. If you want to go to college and study advanced Math, your better start honing up on it, because it is the only game in town at that level.

Guest Jan 6, 2016
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Okay, someone please get an admin in here... Guest, I know how to do math, this problem is one that I do all of the time, I just can't figure this one out.

Shades  Jan 6, 2016
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2 sin2 x - 3 sin x + 1 = 0

$$2 sin^2 x - 3 sin x + 1 = 0\\ let\;\; y=sin^2x\\ 2y^2-3y+1=0\\ 2y^2-2y-y+1=0\\ 2y(y-1)-1(y-1)=0\\ (2y-1)(y-1)=0\\ 2y-1=0 \qquad or \qquad y-1=0\\ 2y=1 \qquad or \qquad y=1\\ y=\frac{1}{2} \qquad or \qquad y=1\\ so\\ sin^2x=\frac{1}{2} \qquad or \qquad sin^2x=1\\ sinx=\pm \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \qquad or \qquad sinx=\pm1\\$$

$$x=45^0,135^0,225^0,315^0, 90^0,\;\;or \;\;270^0$$

Melody  Jan 6, 2016
edited by Melody  Jan 7, 2016
edited by Melody  Jan 7, 2016
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Wake up Melody.

Guest Jan 6, 2016
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HaHa, nice one guest... No offense Melody!

Coldplay  Jan 6, 2016
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Huh?  I don't do cryptic very well

Melody  Jan 7, 2016
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Look again at your solution #5

Guest Jan 7, 2016
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Thanks guest #9.    I have edited my answer.

Melody  Jan 7, 2016
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Sorry, folks.......the answer to this question is shown by the graph below :

The solutions occur at 30, 90 and 150  degrees......

See my "workings" here : http://web2.0calc.com/questions/unanswered-question-x-being-an-angle-solve

CPhill  Jan 8, 2016
edited by CPhill  Jan 8, 2016

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