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# Trigonometry Examples

To find the x-intercept, substitute in for and solve for .

Rewrite the equation as .

Add to both sides of the equation.

Divide each term by and simplify.

Divide each term in by .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Cancel the common factor of and .

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factors.

Factor out of .

Cancel the common factor.

Rewrite the expression.

Take the root of both sides of the to eliminate the exponent on the left side.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Simplify the right side of the equation.

Rewrite as .

Any root of is .

Multiply by .

Combine and simplify the denominator.

Multiply and .

Raise to the power of .

Raise to the power of .

Use the power rule to combine exponents.

Add and .

Rewrite as .

Rewrite as .

Apply the power rule and multiply exponents, .

Combine and .

Cancel the common factor of .

Cancel the common factor.

Divide by .

Evaluate the exponent.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

First, use the positive value of the to find the first solution.

Next, use the negative value of the to find the second solution.

The complete solution is the result of both the positive and negative portions of the solution.

Set up each of the solutions to solve for .

Set up the equation to solve for .

Solve the equation for .

Take the inverse cosine of both sides of the equation to extract from inside the cosine.

The exact value of is .

The cosine function is positive in the first and fourth quadrants. To find the second solution, subtract the reference angle from to find the solution in the fourth quadrant.

Simplify .

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Write each expression with a common denominator of , by multiplying each by an appropriate factor of .

Combine.

Multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Find the period.

The period of the function can be calculated using .

Replace with in the formula for period.

Solve the equation.

The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .

Divide by .

The period of the function is so values will repeat every radians in both directions.

, for any integer

, for any integer

Set up the equation to solve for .

Solve the equation for .

Take the inverse cosine of both sides of the equation to extract from inside the cosine.

The exact value of is .

The cosine function is negative in the second and third quadrants. To find the second solution, subtract the reference angle from to find the solution in the third quadrant.

Simplify .

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Write each expression with a common denominator of , by multiplying each by an appropriate factor of .

Combine.

Multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Find the period.

The period of the function can be calculated using .

Replace with in the formula for period.

Solve the equation.

The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .

Divide by .

The period of the function is so values will repeat every radians in both directions.

, for any integer

, for any integer

List all of the results found in the previous steps.

, for any integer

The complete solution is the set of all solutions.

, for any integer

Consolidate the answers.

, for any integer

, for any integer

To find the y-intercept, substitute in for and solve for .

Simplify each term.

The exact value of is .

One to any power is one.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

These are the and intercepts of the equation .

x-intercept: , for any integer

y-intercept: