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\sin x+\cot x = \cos x+\tan x \\ | \sin x+\cot x = \cos x+\tan x \\ | ||
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\sin x \cos x = \sin x + \cos x \\ | \sin x \cos x = \sin x + \cos x \\ | ||
(\sin x \cos x)^2 = (\sin x + \cos x)^2 \\ | (\sin x \cos x)^2 = (\sin x + \cos x)^2 \\ | ||
(\sin x \cos x)^2 = \sin^2 x + 2\sin x \cos x + \cos^2 x \\ | (\sin x \cos x)^2 = \sin^2 x + 2\sin x \cos x + \cos^2 x \\ | ||
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(\sin x \cos x)^2 - 2\sin x \cos x - 1 =0 | (\sin x \cos x)^2 - 2\sin x \cos x - 1 =0 | ||
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Revision as of 15:04, 25 February 2013
Problem
For , points and are the vertices of a trapezoid. What is ?
$\textbf{(A)}\ 2-2\sqrt{2}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\3\sqrt{3}-6\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 3\sqrt{2}-5\qquad\textbf{(D}}\ -\frac{3}{4}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 1-\sqrt{3}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.)
Solution
Let be (not respectively). Then we have four points , and a pair of lines each connecting two points must be parallel (as we are dealing with a trapezoid). WLOG, take the line connecting the first two points and the line connecting the last two points to be parallel, so that , or .
Now, we must find how to match up to so that the above equation has a solution. The three possible ways are , , and . On the interval , we have , so the first two of those possible ways do not work because the LHS and the RHS have non-overlapping ranges. Thus, it must be the last possible way, .
Now, we perform some algebraic manipulation to find :
Solve the quadratic to find , so that .
See also
2013 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
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Followed by Problem 21 |
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