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Solve for xSolve for x in this equation please :)  It's an equation from physics and I...

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sixteenmovesa... | (Level 2) eNoter

Posted November 14, 2011 at 11:34 PM via web

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Solve for x

Solve for x in this equation please :)  It's an equation from physics and I need to have x as a function of y.  v, g and h are all constants. I usually can do this, but not with inverse trig... I tried to make it look as least confusing as possible...

 

y=[v*cos(x)/g] * [v*sin(x)+sqrt( (v^2*sin(x)^2) + (2*g*h) )]

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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted November 25, 2011 at 11:36 PM (Answer #1)

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Use the maximum, minimum and zero values of sine and cosine functions to solve the equation.

You notice that if cos x=0, the factor `(v*cos x)/(g) = 0` . This 0 factor cancels out the entire product. The cosine is zero if sin x = `+-1` (`x=pi/2 + n*pi/2` ).

If cos x = -1 => sin x = 0. Put these values in your equation:

`y = -(v/g)*[v*0 +sqrt( (v^2*0^2) + (2*g*h) )]`

`y = -(v*sqrt(2gh))/g`

If `cos x = 1 =gt sin x = 0 =gt y = -(v*sqrt(2gh))/g`

ANSWER: If sin x is maximal or minimal, the equation cancels out, therefore  the roots of the equation are x=`pi/2 + n*pi/2` , n=1,2,...

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