How do you simplify #(1+cos x) (1-cos x)#?

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Jim G. Share
Apr 12, 2016

Answer:

# sin^2 x #

Explanation:

Expand the brackets using FOIL , or the method you use.

#rArr (1 + cosx)(1 - cosx) = 1 -cosx + cosx - cos^2 x #
#= 1 - cos^2 x#

using the identity #color(red)(|bar(ul(color(white)(a/a)color(black)( sin^2 x + cos^2 x = 1 )color(white)(a/a)|)))#

then # 1 - cos^2 x = sin^2 x#

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Apr 24, 2018

Answer:

#sin^2x#

Explanation:

The expression we have fits the difference of squares pattern #(a+b)(a-b)#, where

#a=1# and #b=cosx#

We know that a difference of squares pattern is equal to #a^2-b^2#, so our expression is equal to

#color(blue)(1-cos^2x)#

This expression should look familiar. It is derived from the Pythagorean Identity

#sin^2x+cos^2x=1#

where we can subtract #cos^2x# from both sides to get what we have in blue above:

#sin^2x=color(blue)(1-cos^2x)#

Thus, this expression is equal to

#sin^2x#

All we did was use the difference of squares property to our advantage, recognize that the expression we have is similar to the Pythagorean Identity, use the identity, and simplify.

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