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

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Jun 4, 2018

If we interpret the inverse trig functions as principal values the two angles are complementary, so

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right) = 1$

Under the multivalued interpretation,

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right) = 1$ or

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right) = 2 {x}^{2} - 1 = \cos 2 \arccos x$

#### Explanation:

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Simplify $\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right)$

There are a few different ways to think about this one. If we are referring to the principal values of the inverse functions, then $\arcsin x$ and $\arccos x$ are complementary angles because $x$ is the sine of one and the cosine of the other. Complementary angles of course add to ${90}^{\circ}$ so this expression equals $\sin {90}^{\circ} = 1.$

It's clear in the first quadrant, positive $x$, give acute complementary angles which add nicely to ${90}^{\circ} .$ We have to think a little harder about the principal values when $x$ is negative. Then the $\arcsin$ is in the fourth quadrant with a negative number (between $0$ and $- {90}^{\circ}$) and the $\arccos$ is in the second quadrant, positive angle between ${90}^{\circ}$ and ${180}^{\circ} .$ They'll add to ${90}^{\circ}$ too so the sine will be one.

We can ask what happens if we intepret the inverse trig functions to be multivalued? That means $\arccos x$ denotes all the angles, countably infinitely many, whose cosine is $x$.

That sounds complicated but in practice it just puts an ambiguity on the sign of some of the other trig functions. We can think of $\arccos x$ as $\arccos \left(\frac{x}{1}\right)$, i.e. as a right triangle with adjacent $x$ and hypotenuse $1$. The opposite side is $\sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}$ which will be the sine given hypotenuse $1.$ The sign of the sine is unknown because of the multivalued inverse cosine, so we can write

$\sin \arccos x = \pm \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}$

In the multivalued interpretation, the square roots always come with $\pm$.

Similar $\cos \arcsin x = \pm \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}} .$ The $\pm$ signs aren't linked.

Of course $\cos \arccos x = x$ and $\sin \arcsin x = x .$ Now we can do this one by the sum angle formula.

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right) = \sin \arcsin x \cos \arccos x + \cos \arcsin x \sin \arccos x$

$= {x}^{2} + \left(\pm \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}\right) \left(\pm \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}\right)$

$= {x}^{2} \pm \left(1 - {x}^{2}\right)$

$= 1 \mathmr{and} 2 {x}^{2} - 1$

We have this possibility of $2 {x}^{2} - 1$ which is the cosine double angle formula, equal to $\cos 2 \arccos x .$

Let's try one of the usual cliches as an example. $x = - \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$.

The principal values have $\arccos x = {135}^{\circ}$ and $\arcsin x = - {45}^{\circ}$ which add to ${90}^{\circ}$ which has a sine of $1.$

If we take $\arccos x = - {135}^{\circ}$ then $\arccos x + \arcsin x = - {180}^{\circ}$ so a sine of $0$ which is indeed the cosine of the double angle of $- {135}^{\circ} .$

Jun 9, 2018

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right) = 1$

#### Explanation:

$\sin \left(\arcsin x + \arccos x\right)$

Set arcsinx=a and arccosx=b. Consequently $x = \sin a = \cos b$ and $\cos a = \sin b = \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}$. Hence,

$\sin \left(a + b\right) = \sin a \cdot \cos b + \cos a \cdot \sin b$

=$x \cdot x + \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}} \cdot \sqrt{1 - {x}^{2}}$

=${x}^{2} + 1 - {x}^{2}$

=$1$