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how does cos^2(2x)= (1/2)(1+cos4x)

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i dont understand how the squared equation gets transferred into the half angle identity

 

asked Nov 26, 2013 in TRIGONOMETRY by payton Apprentice

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We know that double angle identity Cos2x = 2Cos^2x-1

Add 1 to each side.

1+Cos2x = 2Cos^2x

Cos^2x = (1+Cos2x)/2

If we assume x = 2x

Cos^2(2x) = (1+Cos2(2x))/2

Cos^2x = (1+Cos4x)/2

Cos^2x = 1/2(1+Cos4x)

answered Jan 9, 2014 by dozey Mentor

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