How do I derive the formula:


from the formula:


The only difference that I noticed is the negative and positive sign. I was thinking that first, I replace B with (-B), but then after that how does cos(-B) turn to cos(B), and sin(-B) turn to -sin(B)?

Thank you, can someone please explain to me. I hope my question was not too confusing.

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    $\begingroup$ Use the fact that sine is an odd function and cosine is an even function. $\endgroup$ – Oiler Feb 20 '17 at 5:10
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    $\begingroup$ Rewrite $\cos(A+B)$ as $\cos(A-(-B))$ and then use the suggestion by @Oiler $\endgroup$ – John Wayland Bales Feb 20 '17 at 5:12
  • $\begingroup$ Let $B=-B$ and you get $\cos A \cos B-\sin A \sin B=\cos (A+B)$ $\endgroup$ – Nick Pavini Feb 20 '17 at 5:39
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    $\begingroup$ Its a property that $$\cos(-\theta)=\cos\theta$$ and $$\sin(-\theta)=-\sin\theta.$$ $\endgroup$ – Juniven Feb 20 '17 at 5:40
  • $\begingroup$ If this helped, please upvote and mark as the answer $\endgroup$ – Nick Pavini Feb 20 '17 at 17:43

$$\cos (A-(-B)) = \cos A \cos -B + \sin A \sin -B = \cos A \cos B - \sin A \sin B= \cos (A+B)$$ Based on the even odd properties of $\sin $ and $\cos $


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