2017 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 15
Problem
Let , using radian measure for the variable . In what interval does the smallest positive value of for which lie?
Solution 1
We must first get an idea of what looks like:
Between and , starts at and increases; clearly there is no zero here.
Between and , starts at a positive number and increases to ; there is no zero here either.
Between and 3, starts at and increases to some negative number; there is no zero here either.
Between and , starts at some negative number and increases to -2; there is no zero here either.
Between and , starts at -2 and increases to . There is a zero here by the Intermediate Value Theorem. Therefore, the answer is .
Solution 2 (Graphing)
If you quickly take a moment to sketch the graphs of the three functions, you will see that between and everything is positive, while the positive number created by the sin does not outweigh the negative by the cos and tan function. Upon further examination, it is clear that the positive the tan function creates will balance the other two functions, and thus the first solution is a little bit after , which is around . Hence the answer is .
Solution by roadchicken~
(Not original author) Here is the graph:
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