# How to solve trigonometric equations with a domain involving negative values of $x$?

I don't seem to understand the concept of a negative domain when solving trigonometric equations on "another interval" For example:

Solve $\cos x=-\sqrt{3}/2$ given that the domain is $-\pi \le x\le \pi$.

$$\cos x=-\frac{\sqrt3}2=-\cos\frac\pi3=\cos\left(\pi-\frac\pi3\right)$$
$$x=2m\pi\pm\left(\pi-\frac\pi3\right)$$ where $m$ is any integer
Now find $m$ such that $-\pi\le x\le\pi$
Simple. $x = -pi/6$ will do nicely. To see this, note that cos is periodic with period $\pi$. This means that $x+\pi = x$ for all $x$. Note however this does not mean that $x=x-\pi$ for all $x$. Anyway, you can find the answer in the interval $0<x<\pi$, then just translate the interval.