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 Question from Joe, a student: I really need help with this question and I would really appreciate if you could take a minute and look at it. Prove this Trig. Identity : ((cos2θ + sinθ-1) / tanθ ) + sin2θ = cosθ Thank you

Hi Joe,

I would first multiply both sides of

$\frac{\cos 2\theta + \sin \theta -1}{\tan \theta} + \sin 2 \theta = \cos \theta$

by $\tan \theta.$ Next write $\cos 2 \theta, \sin 2 \theta \mbox{ and } \tan \theta$ in terms of $\sin \theta$ and $\cos \theta$ and then simplify.

I hope this helps,
Penny

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