# Help with trig identities?

Im stuck on this one..

(secA+tanA)/(secA-tanA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA)

=

4tanAcscA

??

### 4 Answers

- Snugglebunnie101Lv 52 years agoFavorite Answer
OK, here you go sweetheart :)

Note the identities used in the proof :

secA = 1/cosA

tanA = sinA/cosA

1 - sin²A = cos²A

Starting with the LHS we have :

∴ LHS

= [(secA + tanA) /(secA - tanA)] - [(1 - sinA) /(1 + sinA)

= [(1/cosA + sinA/cosA) /(1/cosA - sinA/cosA)] - [(1 - sinA) /(1 + sinA)]

= [[(1 + sinA) /cosA] ÷ [(1 - sinA) /cosA]] - [(1 - sinA) /(1 + sinA)]

= [(1 + sinA) /(1 - sinA)] - [(1 - sinA) /(1 + sinA)]

= [(1 + sinA)² - (1 - sinA)²] /(1 - sin²A)

= [1 + 2sinA + sin²A - 1 + 2sinA - sin²A] /(1 - sin²A)

= [4sinA] /cos²A

= 4 (sinA/cosA) (1/cosA)

= 4(tanA)(secA)

= RHS, as required, Q.E.D.

Oh, I forgot to mention that what you've written in your question is NOT an identity! It should be a 'secA' instead of a 'cosecA' at the end for the identity to be valid.

Hope this helps !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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- PopeLv 72 years ago
Take it or leave it, but on these identity proofs I always begin by checking whether there are any conflicts in the domains of the two sides of the equation. In this case there are.

Let A = 0.

The left side of the equation is zero. The right side is undefined. When a real number is equated with an undefined expression, the equation cannot be an identity. And no, there is no such thing as expressions that are almost an identical.

- TomVLv 72 years ago
The reason you are stuck on that one may be because it is not an identity.

Let A = 60°

sinA = √3/2

secA = 1/cosA = 2

cscA = 1/sinA = 2/√3

tanA = √3

(secA+tanA)/(secA-tanA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA) = 4tanAcscA

(2 + √3)/(2 - √3) - (1-√3/2)/(1+√3/2) = 4(√3)(2/√3)

(2+√3)/(2-√3) - (2-√3)/(2+√3) = 8

(2+√3)²/(4-3) - (2-√3)²/(4-3) = 8

4 + 4√3 + 3 - (4 - 4√3 + 3) = 8

7 + 4√3 - 7 + 4√3 = 8

8√3 = 8 : False statement

Equation is not an identity.

However

(secA+tanA)/(secA-tanA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA) = 4tanAsecA

is an identity. (Note the different RHS)

LHS = (secA+tanA)/(secA-tanA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA)

replace secA with 1/cosA and tanA with sinA/cosA

= (1/cosA + sinA/cosA)/(1/cosA - sinA/cosA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA)

multiply numerator and denominator of first term by cosA

= (1+sinA)/(1-sinA) - (1-sinA)/(1+sinA)

multiply numerator and denominator of first term by (1+sinA) and second term by (1-sinA)

= (1+sinA)²/(1-sin²A) - (1-sinA)²/(1 - sin²A)

replace 1 - sin²A with cos²A per Pythagorean Identity, and combine terms with common denominator

= [(1+sinA)² - (1-sinA)²]/cos²A

expand squared terms

= [(1 + 2sinA + sin²A - (1 - 2sinA + sin²A)]/cos²A

combine like terms

= 4sinA/cos²A

replace sinA/cosA with tanA and 1/cosA with secA

= 4tanAsecA

= RHS (as modified)

- 2 years ago
Try multiplying the fractions by their conjugate (sec A + tan A) or (sec A - tan A) and (1 - sin A) or (1 + sin A) to create identities (sec²A - tan²A = 1) and (1 - sin²A = cos²A)

You didn't really answer the question, 'though. The RHS of the posted identity is 4tanAcscA, not 4 tanAsecA.