# FP1 Maths question

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by moontitan, Nov 29, 2018.

1. ### moontitanNew commenter

Sinx=(sqrt3-1)/(2sqrt2) for 0<=theta<pi/2
From the t formulae it is given that t=(sqrt3-1)/(sqrt3+1)
and sin2x=2t/(1+t^2)
So sin2x=1/2 which means 0<= theta<pi

What is the value of x?
I get 15 and 75 but I can see that 75 does not work when I sub it back into the question.
So why does this result come about?

2. ### InformantNew commenter

I'm curious about your problem. For sin(x)= [your value], the principal value of x=15 degrees and in range 0<= x <90 a second value x=75 is indeed a possibility (I assume your reference to theta really means x and that your answers in degrees mean the constraints are not in radians as stated, but in degrees). For t= [your other value], I agree sin(2x) = 1/2 so 2x = 30 degrees (principal value), but also 2x = 150 degrees, so x=75 also as you state. I may be missing something but it appears to me that x=15 and x=75.

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3. ### adamcreenOccasional commenter

You have mixed up x, 2x, theta and 2theta
Could you give a page reference or a photo of the question? I can post a photo if it's in the FP1 book.

The Maths thread has plenty of responses when a question comes along, we are happy to join in your mathematical explorations!

4. ### moontitanNew commenter

It is on page 119 Q6c of the new FP1 spec.

Thanks!

5. ### BG54Occasional commenter

Sin 75 is the conjugate surd of Sin 15.

Sin 75 = [sqrt(6) + sqrt(2)]/4
Sin 15 = [sqrt(6) - sqrt(2)]/4

If you replace sin 2x by 1/2 in the t^2 equation and solve for t there are two conjugate roots t = 2[1 +/- sqrt(3)], the one given for t in your post is satisfied by sin 15 and the other is satisfied by sin 75.

That's just an observation, without seeing the original question it's difficult to say if that helps you much.

6. ### BG54Occasional commenter

Edited to correct a typo.

7. ### adamcreenOccasional commenter

Here it is. Not an x in sight!

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8. ### gainlyStar commenter

As the questions says, you need to find cos (2theta) also. The t formula gives (sqrt3)/2. Therefore only pi/6 satisfies both sin and cos values, giving pi/12 as the only value of theta.

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9. ### gnulinuxOccasional commenter

If the question had read 0<=theta<pi/2 then theta would have one value, i.e. theta = pi/12. However, it does not.

Read again, 0<=theta/2<pi/2 which is equivalent to 0<=theta<pi. That mistake??? invalidates/complicates parts a, b and c and theta would have 2 values even allowing for the mistake in part a.

Assuming it was intended to read 0<=theta<pi/2 then a and b are ok and c gives tan(2theta) = 1/sqrt(3) where 0<=2theta<=pi. The tan() function on [0,pi] is non-negative and 1-1 only over [0, pi/2) and so 2theta = pi/6 and it follows that theta = pi/12.

Last edited: Nov 30, 2018
10. ### adamcreenOccasional commenter

These textbooks are notorious for their errors (I have a blogpost as long as your arm listing all the errors people have found) and it's perfectly believable they meant theta not theta/2 in the inequality. Good spot Gnulinux.

Thanks.

12. ### gainlyStar commenter

I must admit I hadn't noticed the theta/2 and assumed it was theta, as did the OP. I think it must be a mistake, otherwise there would be 2 possible values for tan(theta) but only one value is given in part (a).

13. ### moontitanNew commenter

Thanks for all the responses, good to know so many folk still here.