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How to prove that $\lim\limits_{x\to0}\frac{\sin x}x=1$?

How can one prove the statement $$\lim\limits_{x\to 0}\frac{\sin x}x=1$$ without using the Taylor series of $\sin$, $\cos$ and $\tan$? Best would be a geometrical solution. This is homework. In my ...
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How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in arithmetic progression?

How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in arithmetic progression? For example here is the sum of $\cos$ series: $$\sum_{k=0}^{n-1}\cos (a+k \cdot d) =\frac{\sin(n \times \frac{...
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$\sum \cos$ when angles are in arithmetic progression [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can we sum up $\sin$ and $\cos$ series when the angles are in arithmetic progression? Prove $$\cos(\alpha) + \cos(\alpha + \beta) + \cos(\alpha + 2\beta) + \dots + \cos[...
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Prove that $\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$

Using $\text{n}^{\text{th}}$ root of unity $$\large\left(e^{\frac{2ki\pi}{n}}\right)^{n} = 1$$ Prove that $$\prod_{k=1}^{n-1}\sin\frac{k \pi}{n} = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$$
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Computing the integral of $\log(\sin x)$

How to compute the following integral? $$\int\log(\sin x)\,dx$$ Motivation: Since $\log(\sin x)'=\cot x$, the antiderivative $\int\log(\sin x)\,dx$ has the nice property $F''(x)=\cot x$. Can we ...
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Prove $ \sin(A+B)\sin(A-B)=\sin^2A-\sin^2B $

How would I verify the following double angle identity. $$ \sin(A+B)\sin(A-B)=\sin^2A-\sin^2B $$ So far I have done this. $$ (\sin A\cos B+\cos A\sin B)(\sin A\cos B-\cos A\sin B) $$But I am not sure ...
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How can I understand and prove the “sum and difference formulas” in trigonometry? (cos(a ± b) = …, etc.)?

The "sum and difference" formulas often come in handy, but it's not immediately obvious that they would be true. \begin{align} \sin(\alpha \pm \beta) &= \sin \alpha \cos \beta \pm \cos \alpha \...
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Intuitive understanding of the derivatives of $\sin x$ and $\cos x$

One of the first things ever taught in a differential calculus class: The derivative of $\sin x$ is $\cos x$. The derivative of $\cos x$ is $-\sin x$. This leads to a rather neat (and convenient?) ...
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Possibility to simplify $\sum\limits_{k = - \infty }^\infty {\frac{{{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}}}{{a + k}} = \frac{\pi }{{\sin \pi a}}} $

Is there any way to show that $$\sum\limits_{k = - \infty }^\infty {\frac{{{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}}}{{a + k}} = \frac{1}{a} + \sum\limits_{k = 1}^\infty {{{\left( { - 1} \right)}^k}\left( {\...
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What is the limit of $n \sin (2 \pi \cdot e \cdot n!)$ as $n$ goes to infinity?

I tried and got this $$e=\sum_{k=0}^\infty\frac{1}{k!}=\lim_{n\to\infty}\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}$$ $$n!\sum_{k=0}^n\frac{1}{k!}=\frac{n!}{0!}+\frac{n!}{1!}+\cdots+\frac{n!}{n!}=m$$ where $m$ is an ...
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Integrate $\int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{1+\tan^\alpha{x}}\,\mathrm{d}x$

Evaluate the integral $$\int_0^{\pi/2} \frac{1}{1+\tan^\alpha{x}}\,\mathrm{d}x$$
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Prove that $\cos (A + B)\cos (A - B) = {\cos ^2}A - {\sin ^2}B$

$$\cos (A + B)\cos (A - B) = {\cos ^2}A - {\sin ^2}B$$ I have attempted this question by expanding the left side using the cosine sum and difference formulas and then multiplying, and then ...
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Evaluating $\int_0^\infty \sin x^2\, dx$ with real methods?

I have seen the Fresnel integral $$\int_0^\infty \sin x^2\, dx = \sqrt{\frac{\pi}{8}}$$ evaluated by contour integration and other complex analysis methods, and I have found these methods to be the ...
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Ways to evaluate $\int \sec \theta \, \mathrm d \theta$

The standard approach for showing $\int \sec \theta \, \mathrm d \theta = \ln |\sec \theta + \tan \theta| + C$ is to multiply by $\frac{\sec \theta + \tan \theta}{\sec \theta + \tan \theta}$ and then ...
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Different definitions of trigonometric functions

In school, we learn that sin is "opposite over hypotenuse" and cos is "adjacent over hypotenuse". Later on, we learn the power series definitions of sin and cos. How can one prove that these two ...
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Solving trigonometric equations of the form $a\sin x + b\cos x = c$

Suppose that there is a trigonometric equation of the form $a\sin x + b\cos x = c$, where $a,b,c$ are real and $0 < x < 2\pi$. An example equation would go the following: $\sqrt{3}\sin x + \cos ...
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Prove that $\sin(2A)+\sin(2B)+\sin(2C)=4\sin(A)\sin(B)\sin(C)$ when $A,B,C$ are angles of a triangle

Prove that $\sin(2A)+\sin(2B)+\sin(2C)=4\sin(A)\sin(B)\sin(C)$ when $A,B,C$ are angles of a triangle This question came up in a miscellaneous problem set I have been working on to refresh my memory ...
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Proving $\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$

I am being asked to prove that $$\sum\limits_{k=0}^{n}\cos(kx)=\frac{1}{2}+\frac{\sin(\frac{2n+1}{2}x)}{2\sin(x/2)}$$ I have some progress made, but I am stuck and could use some help. What I did: ...
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When is $\sin(x)$ rational?

Obviously, there are some points (e.g. $\pi$, $30^\circ$) but I am unsure if there are more. How can it be proved that there are no more points, or, if there are, what those points will be? EDIT: I ...
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showing $\arctan(\frac{2}{3}) = \frac{1}{2} \arctan(\frac{12}{5})$

I'm having problem with showing that: $$\arctan(\frac{2}{3}) = \frac{1}{2} \arctan(\frac{12}{5})$$ I would need some help in the right direction
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Prove that $\tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C,$ $A+B+C = 180^\circ$

I want to prove \begin{equation*} \tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C \quad\text{when } A+B+C = 180^\circ \end{equation*} We know that \begin{equation*} \tan(A+B) = \frac{\tan A+\tan B}{...
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A 1,400 years old approximation to the sine function by Mahabhaskariya of Bhaskara I

The approximation $$\sin(x) \simeq \frac{16 (\pi -x) x}{5 \pi ^2-4 (\pi -x) x}\qquad (0\leq x\leq\pi)$$ was proposed by Mahabhaskariya of Bhaskara I, a seventh-century Indian mathematician. I ...
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How to prove those “curious identities”?

How to prove $$ \prod_{k=1}^{n-1} \sin\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right) = \frac{n}{2^{n-1}}$$ and $$ \prod_{k=1}^{n-1} \cos\left(\frac{k\pi}{n}\right) = \frac{\sin(\pi n/2)}{2^{n-1}}$$
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How to prove this identity $\pi=\sum\limits_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\frac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$?

How to prove this identity? $$\pi=\sum_{k=-\infty}^{\infty}\left(\dfrac{\sin(k)}{k}\right)^{2}\;$$ I found the above interesting identity in the book $\bf \pi$ Unleashed. Does anyone knows how to ...
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Double limit of $\cos^{2n}(m! \pi x)$ at rationals and irrationals

I stumbled upon this "relation" (is the name correct?): $$ \lim_{m \to \infty} \lim_{n \to \infty} \cos^{2n}(m! \pi x) = \begin{cases} 1,&x\text{ is rational}\\ 0,&x\text{ is irrational}\end{...
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How to derive compositions of trigonometric and inverse trigonometric functions?

To prove: $$\begin{align} \sin({\arccos{x}})&=\sqrt{1-x^2}\\ \cos{\arcsin{x}}&=\sqrt{1-x^2}\\ \sin{\arctan{x}}&=\frac{x}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}\\ \cos{\arctan{x}}&=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1+x^2}}\\ \...
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Proof for the formula of sum of arcsine functions $ \arcsin x + \arcsin y $

It is known that the following holds good: $$ \arcsin x + \arcsin y =\begin{cases} \arcsin( x\sqrt{1-y^2} + y\sqrt{1-x^2}) \;\;;x^2+y^2 \le 1 \;\text{ or }\; x^2+y^2 > 1, xy< 0\\ \pi - \arcsin( ...
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Are $\mathrm{arccot}(x)$ and $\arctan(1/x)$ the same function?

In my textbook it asks for me to: Prove that there is no constant $C$ such that $\text{arccot}(x) - \text{arctan}(\frac{1}{x}) = C $ for all $x \ne 0$. Explain why this does not violate the zero-...
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Prove that $\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\tan^{2}\frac{k \pi}{2n} = \frac{(n-1)(2n-1)}{3}$

How can you prove that: $$\sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\tan^{2}\frac{k \pi}{2n} = \frac{(n-1)(2n-1)}{3}$$ for every integer $n\geq 1$. PS: no, it's not a homework... :-)
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When the trig functions moved from the right triangle to the unit circle?

I have to write a paper about the unit circle and I'm trying to uncover some of its origins. Also, when the trig functions were expanded to angles greater than 90° and what was the rationale behind ...
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Trig sum: $\tan ^21^\circ+\tan ^22^\circ+…+\tan^2 89^\circ = ?$

As the title suggests, I'm trying to find the sum $$\tan^21^\circ+\tan^2 2^\circ+...+\tan^2 89^\circ$$ I'm looking for a solution that doesn't involve complex numbers, or any other advanced branch in ...
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$\arcsin$ written as $\sin^{-1}(x)$

I know that different people follow different conventions, but whenever I see $\arcsin(x)$ written as $\sin^{-1}(x)$, I find myself thinking it wrong, since $\sin^{-1}(x)$ should be $\csc(x)$, and not ...
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Why do we require radians in calculus?

I think this is just something I've grown used to but can't remember any proof. When differentiating and integrating with trigonometric functions, we require angles to be taken in radians. Why does ...
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how to strictly prove $\sin x<x$ for $0<x<\frac{\pi}{2}$

$$\sin x<x\,(0<x<\frac{\pi}{2})$$ In most textbooks, to prove this inequality is based on geometry illustration (draw a circle, compare arc length and chord ), but I think that strict proof ...
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How to raise a complex number to the power of another complex number?

How do I calculate the outcome of taking one complex number to the power of another, ie $\displaystyle {(a + bi)}^{(c + di)}$?
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Compute $\int \frac{\sin(x)}{\sin(x)+\cos(x)}\mathrm dx$

I'm having trouble computing the integral: $$\int \frac{\sin(x)}{\sin(x)+\cos(x)}\mathrm dx.$$ I hope that it can be expressed in terms of elementary functions. I've tried simple substitutions such as ...
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Finding the limit $\lim \limits_{n \to \infty}\ (\cos \frac x 2 \cdot\cos \frac x 4\cdot \cos \frac x 8\cdots \cos \frac x {2^n}) $

This limit seemed quite unusual to me as there aren't any intermediate forms or series expansions which are generally used in limits. Stuck on this for a while now .Here's how it goes : $$ \lim \...
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Proving a fact: $\tan(6^{\circ}) \tan(42^{\circ})= \tan(12^{\circ})\tan(24^{\circ})$

Prove that $\tan(6^\circ)\tan(42^\circ) = \tan(12^\circ) \tan(24^\circ)$. I don't know how to approach this problem. One approach might be to note that $42-6= 24+12$, and then apply the identities ...
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Need help in proving that $\frac{\sin\theta - \cos\theta + 1}{\sin\theta + \cos\theta - 1} = \frac 1{\sec\theta - \tan\theta}$

We need to prove that $$\dfrac{\sin\theta - \cos\theta + 1}{\sin\theta + \cos\theta - 1} = \frac 1{\sec\theta - \tan\theta}$$ I have tried and it gets confusing.
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Proving trigonometric equation $\cos(36^\circ) - \cos(72^\circ) = 1/2$ [duplicate]

Please help me to prove this trigonometric equation. $\cos \left( 36^\circ \right)-\cos \left( 72^\circ \right) = \frac{1}{2}$ Thank you.
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How to prove that: $\tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) = \sqrt{11}$

How can we prove the following trigonometric identity? $$\displaystyle \tan(3\pi/11) + 4\sin(2\pi/11) =\sqrt{11}$$
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Proving $\sum\limits_{l=1}^n \sum\limits _{k=1}^{n-1}\tan \frac {lk\pi }{2n+1}\tan \frac {l(k+1)\pi }{2n+1}=0$

Prove that $$\sum _{l=1}^{n}\sum _{k=1}^{n-1}\tan \frac {lk\pi } {2n+1}\tan \frac {l( k+1) \pi } {2n+1}=0$$ It is very easy to prove this identity for each fixed $n$ . For example let $n = 6$; ...
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Infinite product of sine function

How to prove the following product? $$\frac{\sin(x)}{x}= \left(1+\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{\pi}\right) \left(1+\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) \left(1-\frac{x}{2\pi}\right) \left(1+\frac{x}{3\pi}\...
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Evaluating $\int_0^{\large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $

It's my first post here and I was wondering if someone could help me with evaluating the definite integral $$ \int_0^{\Large\frac{\pi}{4}} \log\left( \cos x\right) \, \mathrm{d}x $$ Thanks in ...
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Integration by parts: $\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$

I need to evaluate the following function and then check my answer by taking the derivative: $$\int e^{ax}\cos(bx)\,dx$$ where $a$ is any real number and $b$ is any positive real number. I know ...
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Show that $2\tan^{-1}(2) = \pi - \cos^{-1}(\frac{3}{5})$

Show that $2\tan^{-1}(2) = \pi - \cos^{-1}(\frac{3}{5})$ So, taking $\tan$ of both sides I get: LHS $=\frac{2\tan(\tan^{-1}(2))}{1 - \tan^2(\tan^{-1}(2))} = -\frac{4}{3}$ and RHS $= \tan(\pi - \...
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Is $\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}$ true for $m\in\mathbb N$?

Question : Is the following true for any $m\in\mathbb N$? $$\begin{align}\sum_{k=1}^{m-1}\frac{1}{\sin^2\frac{k\pi}{m}}=\frac{m^2-1}{3}\qquad(\star)\end{align}$$ Motivation : I reached $(\star)$ ...
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Prove $\sin^2\theta + \cos^2\theta = 1$

How do you prove the following trigonometric identity: $$ \sin^2\theta+\cos^2\theta=1$$ I'm curious to know of the different ways of proving this depending on different characterizations of sine and ...
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Why is $\arctan(x)=x-x^3/3+x^5/5-x^7/7+\dots$?

Why is $\arctan(x)=x-x^3/3+x^5/5-x^7/7+\dots$? Can someone point me to a proof, or explain if it's a simple answer? What I'm looking for is the point where it becomes understood that trigonometric ...
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How to expand $\cos nx$ with $\cos x$?

Multiple Angle Identities: How to expand $\cos nx$ with $\cos x$, such as $$\cos10x=512(\cos x)^{10}-1280(\cos x)^8+1120(\cos x)^6-400(\cos x)^4+50(\cos x)^2-1$$ See a list of trigonometric ...