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 Question from ALASTAIR: Hi, The question asks Solve for 'theta' cos2theta=sintheta x costheta. Substituting for cos2th either 1-2sin^2th or 2cos^2th does not give an equation in either sine or cosine alone how do I solve this please?

Hi Alastair,

Try using the fact that $\sin(2 \theta) = 2 \sin(\theta) \cos(\theta).$

Penny

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