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## Example Questions

### Example Question #1 : Using Basic And Definitional Identities

What is the of ?

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When working with basic trigonometric identities, it's easiest to remember the mnemonic: .

When one names the right triangle, the opposite side is opposite to the angle, the adjacent side is next to the angle, and the hypotenuse spans the two legs of the right angle.

### Example Question #2 : Using Basic And Definitional Identities

Simplify .

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Simplifying trionometric expressions or identities often involves a little trial and error, so it's hard to come up with a strategy that works every time. A lot of times you have to try multiple strategies and see which one helps.

Often, if you have any form of or in an expression, it helps to rewrite it in terms of sine and cosine. In this problem, we can use the identities and .

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This doesn't seem to help a whole lot. However, we should recognize that because of the Pythagorean identity .

We can cancel the terms in the numerator and denominator.

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### Example Question #3 : Using Basic And Definitional Identities

What is the of ?

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**Correct answer:**

When working with basic trigonometric identities, it's easiest to remember the mnemonic: .

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When one names the right triangle, the opposite side is opposite to the angle, the adjacent side is next to the angle, and the hypotenuse spans the two legs of the right angle.

### Example Question #1 : Trigonometric Identities

What is the of ?

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**Correct answer:**

When working with basic trigonometric identities, it's easiest to remember the mnemonic: .

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When one names the right triangle, the opposite side is opposite to the angle, the adjacent side is next to the angle, and the hypotenuse spans the two legs of the right angle.

### Example Question #1 : Trigonometric Identities

Simplify

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. Thus:

### Example Question #1 : Trigonometric Identities

Simplify

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and

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### Example Question #3 : Using Pythagorean Identities

Simplify .

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Remember that . We can rearrange this to simplify our given equation:

### Example Question #4 : Using Pythagorean Identities

Simplify:

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This is the most simplified version.

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Whenever you see a trigonometric function squared, start looking for a Pythagorean identity.

The two identities used in this problem are and .

Substitute and solve.

### Example Question #1 : Trigonometric Identities

Factor and simplify .

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This is already it's most reduced form.

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To reduce , factor the numerator:

Notice that we can cancel out a .

This leaves us with .

### Example Question #2 : Trigonometric Identities

Simplify .

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To simplify , break them into their SOHCAHTOA parts:

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Notice that the opposite's cancel out, leaving .

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