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What is the solution for the equation sinx=cosx?

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pufsipene | Student, Grade 10 | eNoter

Posted April 21, 2009 at 11:46 PM via web

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What is the solution for the equation sinx=cosx?

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giorgiana1976 | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted April 24, 2009 at 2:24 AM (Answer #1)

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sin x - cos x=0

We could divide the equation by (cos x) and the result will be:

sin x /cos x - 1 =0

But we know that the ratio between sinx and cos x determine the tangent function.

tg x -1 =0

We'll move the free term in the right side of the equal sign, like this:

tg x = 1

x= arctg 1 + k*pi

x = pi/4 + k*pi

pi/4=45 degrees.

We could also make the note that if the ratio sin x / cos x=1, it means that the terms from the ratio are equal

=> sin x = cosx!

If sin x = cos x => the angles  of the triangle are equal, too, so, in a right angle triangle, the angles could only be = 45 degrees (the conclusion is based on fact that in a triangle, the sum of angles is 180 degrees, and one of them is 90 degrees and the other 2 are equals, so

90 + 2*x=180



x=45 degrees

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neela | High School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 27, 2009 at 4:09 PM (Answer #2)

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sinx = cosx , given. square both sides and get

(sinx)^2 = ( cosx)^2 =1-(sinx)^2x , as (sinx)^2+cosx)^2 = 1 is a well known identiy .

Rearrange to get, 2(sinx)^2 = 1

Therefore, sinx = +1/sqrt2 or -1/sqrt2

When sinx =1/sqrt2 ,x=45degree or

when sinx -1/sqrt2, x=180+45 = 225 degree.



cos45 = 1/sqrt2 =sin45 and

co225 = -1/sqrt2 =sign225

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jeyaram | Student, Undergraduate | Valedictorian

Posted September 13, 2009 at 10:26 PM (Answer #3)

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so  X=pi/4(4n+1)..................n belongs to Real numbers


n=0 you get X=45degrees

n=1 you get X=225degrees

put n=-1,-2,-3,....2,3,4,............you got perfact answers

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rimmery | TA , Undergraduate | Honors

Posted May 15, 2014 at 2:40 AM (Answer #4)

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Square both sides of the original equation to get


From the identity `cos^2x=1-(sin^2x)`

we get `sin^2x=1-(sin^2x)`

Rearrange to get `2(sin^2x)=1`


`sinx=1/sqrt(2) or sinx=-1/sqrt(2)`

When `sinx=1/sqrt(2)` ,`x=45^@ or pi/4 rad` 

When `sin=-1/sqrt(2)` , `x=225^@ or 5pi/4 rad` 

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maria-vivanco | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 30, 2014 at 10:37 PM (Answer #5)

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45 degrees 

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noonaa | Honors

Posted August 1, 2014 at 3:47 PM (Answer #6)

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sinx = cosx

tanx = 1

Taking inverse of tan on both sides,

x = 45°

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