High School Math : Using Pythagorean Identities

Study concepts, example questions & explanations for High School Math

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Using Pythagorean Identities

Simplify

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Correct answer:

Explanation:

.  Thus: 

Example Question #2 : Using Pythagorean Identities

Simplify

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Explanation:

 

and

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Example Question #3 : Using Pythagorean Identities

Simplify .

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Explanation:

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.

Correct answer:

Explanation:

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.

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