Question #b8ee8

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Apr 5, 2017

Answer:

(- 3)

Explanation:

Find #S = tan 3pi + cot ((11pi)/12)#
Use trig table, unit circle, and property of complement arcs: -->
#tan (3pi) = 0#
#cot ((11pi)/12) = cot ((5pi)/12 + pi/2) = - tan ((5pi)/12)#
Evaluate #tan ((5pi)/12)# by applying trig identity:
#tan 2a = (2tan a)/(1 - tan^2 a)#
In this case, call #tan ((5pi)/12) = tan t#
#tan (2t) = tan ((10pi)/12) = tan ((5pi)/6) = -1/sqrt3 = (2tan t)/(1 - tan^2 t)#
Cross multiply, and solve the quadratic equation for tan t
#tan^2 t - 2sqrt3tan t - 1 = 0#
#D = d^2 = b^2 - 4ac = 12 + 4 = 16# --> #d = +- 4#
#tan t = -b/(2a) +- d/(2a) = 2/2 +- 4/2 = 1 +- 2#
#tan t = tan ((5pi)/12) = 3 and tan t = -1#
Since #tan ((5pi)/12)# is positive, take the positive value (tan t = 3)
Finally,
#S = 0 + cot ((11pi)/12) = 0 - tan ((5pi)/12) = 0 - 3 = - 3#