### 4 Answers | Add Yours

(cosx)(tan^2x) + cosx = cosx(tan^2x+1) = (cosx)(sec^2x) = cosx/cos^2x = 1/cosx = secx

how did you get the first part...

cosx(tan^2x+1)

What does the 1 come from? where did the + cos go to....

Got the first part by factoring out cosx just like taking an "a" out of ab + a which gives a (b+1) This is where the 1 comes from also. Try distributing the cosx and see how it works !

We know that tanx = sinx/ cosx and secx =1/cosx. And the trigonometric identity, (sinx)^2+(cosx)^2 = 1

Left side:

cosx(tanx)^2 +cosx = cosx(sinx/cosx)^2+cosx = (sinx)^2/cosx+cosx = (sinx)^2 / cosx + cos x*cosx/cosx = [(sinx)^2+(cosx)^2]/cosx = 1/cosx =secx which is the term on RHS.

### Join to answer this question

Join a community of thousands of dedicated teachers and students.

Join eNotes