Precalculus : Use Product/Sum Identities to Express a Sum or Difference as a Product

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Example Questions

Example Question #28 : Trigonometric Identities

Evaluate the following.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

We can use the angle sum formula for sine here.

If we recall that, 

,

we can see that the equation presented is equal to 

 because .

We can simplify this to , which is simply

Example Question #29 : Trigonometric Identities

Evaluate the following.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The angle sum formula for cosine is, 

.

First, we see that . We can then rewrite the expression as,

All that is left to do is to recall the unit circle to evaluate,

.

Example Question #30 : Trigonometric Identities

Evaluate the following.

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

This one is another angle sum/difference problem, except it is using the trickier tangent identity.

The angle sum formula for tangent is

We can see that .

We can then rewrite the expression as , which is .

Example Question #4 : Product/Sum Identities

Evaluate the following.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Here we use the double angle identity for sine, which is

We can rewrite the originial expression as  using the double angle identity.

From here we can calculate that

 .

Example Question #1 : Use Product/Sum Identities To Express A Sum Or Difference As A Product

Evaluate the following expression. 

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

One of the double angle formuals for cosine is

We can use this double angle formula for cosine to rewrite the expression given as the  because  and .

We can then calculate that 

.

Example Question #2 : Use Product/Sum Identities To Express A Sum Or Difference As A Product

Evaluate the following.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Here we can use another double angle formula for cosine,

.

Here , and so we can use the double angle formula for cosine to rewrite the expression as

.

From here we just recognize that 

.

Example Question #3 : Use Product/Sum Identities To Express A Sum Or Difference As A Product

Evaluate the following expression.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Here we can use yet another double angle formula for cosine:

.

First, realize that .

Next, plug this in to the double angle formula to find that 

.

Here we recognize that 

Example Question #4 : Use Product/Sum Identities To Express A Sum Or Difference As A Product

Simplify the following. Leave your answer in terms of a trigonometric function.

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

This is a quick test of being able to recall the angle sum formula for sine.

Since, 

, and here 

, we can rewrite the expression as 

.

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