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find the number of solutions of the equation `cos^2x-1=0` for the values of x in the...

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nani2006 | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted August 3, 2013 at 8:35 PM via web

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find the number of solutions of the equation `cos^2x-1=0` for the values of x in the interval (0,2╥).

a. 4

b. 3

c. 2

d. 1

e. 0

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flbyrne | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted August 4, 2013 at 12:25 AM (Answer #1)

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The graph for the equation is as follows:

Factoring: `c``os^2x-1= (cosx+1)(cosx-1)=0`

` ` Solving: `cosx=-1 `

`and cosx=1`

 

`x=acos(-1)=pi`

`x=acos(1)=0 or x=2pi`

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For the interval between 0 and 2`pi` not including 0 and not including 2`pi`, the only value of x included is `pi` .


Therefore the answer is d:

The number of solutions of `cos^2x-1=0` in the interval

(`0,2pi` ) is 1.

 

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jeew-m | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted August 4, 2013 at 12:55 AM (Answer #2)

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`cos^2x-1 = 0`

`(cosx-1)(cosx+1) = 0`

`cosx-1 = 0` OR `cosx+1 = 0`

`cosx-1 = 0`

`cosx = 1`

`cosx = cos0`

`x = 2npi+-0` where `n in Z`

n = 0 then `x = 0`

n = 1 then `x = 2pi`

`cosx+1 = 0`

`cosx = -1`

`cosx = cospi`

`x = 2mpi+-pi` Where `m in Z`

m = 0 then `x = +-pi`

m = 1 then `x = 3pi` OR `x = pi`

m = 2 then `x = 5pi` OR `x = 3pi`

In the question the answer is required at the interval `(0,2pi)` . This means `x = 0` or `x = 2pi` cannot be a answer.

So the answers are;

`x = pi`

We have only one solution. The answer is d).

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