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We have to solve the equation: (tan x)^2 - 8 tan x + 12 = 0

let tan x = y

(tan x)^2 - 8 tan x + 12 = 0

=> y^2 - 8y + 12 = 0

=> y^2 - 6y - 2y + 12 = 0

=> y(y -6) - 2( y - 6) = 0

=> ( y - 2)(y - 6) = 0

So  y = 2 and y = 6

As y = tan x

tan x = 2 and tan x = 6

=> x = arc tan 2 + n*pi and x = arc tan 6 + n*pi

Therefore the solution is

x = arc tan 2 + n*pi and

x = arc tan 6 + n*pi

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