# Values of $x$ satisfying $\sin x\cdot\cos^3 x>\sin^3x\cdot\cos x$

For what values of $$x$$ between $$0$$ and $$\pi$$ does the inequality $$\sin x\cdot\cos^3 x>\sin^3x\cdot\cos x$$ hold?

My Attempt $$\sin x\cos x\cdot(\cos^2x-\sin^2x)=\frac{1}{2}\cdot\sin2x\cdot\cos2x=\frac{1}{4}\cdot\sin4x>0\implies\sin4x>0\\ x\in(0,\pi)\implies4x\in(0,4\pi)\\ 4x\in(0,\pi)\cup(2\pi,3\pi)\implies x\in\Big(0,\frac{\pi}{4}\Big)\cup\Big(\frac{\pi}{2},\frac{3\pi}{4}\Big)$$ But, my reference gives the solution, $$x\in\Big(0,\dfrac{\pi}{4}\Big)\cup\Big(\dfrac{3\pi}{4},\pi\Big)$$, where am I going wrong with my attempt?

The given solution is wrong; you are correct. At $$x=\frac{7\pi}8\in\left(\frac{3\pi}4,\pi\right)$$, we have that $$\frac14\sin4x=\frac14\sin\frac{7\pi}2=-\frac14<0$$ which is a contradiction.

Finishing what you did

$$\sin(4x)>0\iff$$

$$2k\pi <4x<(2k+1)\pi \iff$$

$$\frac{k\pi}{2}

$$k=0$$ gives $$0

and $$k=1$$ gives $$\frac{\pi}{2}.

As an alternative for a full solution we can consider two cases

• $$\sin x \cos x >0$$ that is $$x\in(0,\pi/2)\cup(\pi,3\pi/2)$$

$$\sin x\cdot\cos^3 x>\sin^3x\cdot\cos x \iff\cos^2x>\sin^2x \iff2\sin^2 x<1$$

$$-\frac{\sqrt 2}2<\sin x<0 \,\land\, 0<\sin x<\frac{\sqrt 2}2 \iff \color{red}{x\in(0,\pi/4)}\cup(\pi,5\pi/4)$$

• $$\sin x \cos x <0$$ that is $$x\in(\pi/2,\pi)\cup(3\pi/2,2\pi)$$

$$\sin x\cdot\cos^3 x>\sin^3x\cdot\cos x \iff\cos^2x<\sin^2x \iff2\sin^2 x>1$$

$$-1<\sin x<-\frac{\sqrt 2}2\,\land\, \frac{\sqrt 2}2<\sin x <1 \iff \color{red}{x\in(\pi/2,3\pi/4)}\cup(3\pi/2,7\pi/4)$$

and then your solution is correct.