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

Example Questions

Example Question #36 : Trigonometric Identities

Which of the following expressions best represent ?      Explanation:

Write the trigonometric product and sum identity for . For , replace with and simplify the expression.  Example Question #37 : Trigonometric Identities

Find the exact answer of:       Explanation:

The product and sum formula can be used to solve this question.

Write the formula for cosine identity. Split up into two separate cosine expressions. Substitute the 2 known angles into the formula and simplify.   Example Question #38 : Trigonometric Identities

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

This is a simple exercise to recognize the half angle formula for cosine.

The half angle formula for cosine is .

In the expression given With this in mind we can rewrite the expression as the , or, after dividing by two, Example Question #39 : Trigonometric Identities

Solve the following over the domain to .       Explanation:

Here we can rewrite the left side of the equation as because of the double angle formula for sin, which is .

Now our equation is ,

and in order to get solve for we take the of both sides. Just divide by two from there to find The only thing to keep in mind here is that the period of the function is half of what it normally is, which is why we have to solve for and then add to each answer. Example Question #1 : Use Product/Sum Identities To Express A Product As A Sum Or Difference

Solve over the domain to .       Explanation:

We can rewrite the left side of the equation using the angle difference formula for cosine as .

From here we just take the of both sides and then add to get .

Example Question #41 : Trigonometric Identities

Which expression is equivalent to ?      Explanation:

The relevant trigonometric identity is In this case, "u" is and "v" is . . 