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if x=1/2 and (x+1)(y+1)=2, find rad. meas of arctanx+arctany

Postby mathnoob on Wed Jul 29, 2009 5:59 pm

if x = 1/2 and (x + 1)(y + 1) = 2, find the radian measure of arctan (x) + arctan (y)

could someone help me get started please? :shock: :confused:
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Re: if x=1/2 and (x+1)(y+1)=2, find rad. meas of arctanx+arctany

Postby Honeysuckle588 on Wed Jul 29, 2009 7:25 pm

Perhaps you should start by determining the value of y.
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Re: if x=1/2 and (x+1)(y+1)=2, find rad. meas of arctanx+arctany

Postby mathnoob on Wed Jul 29, 2009 8:19 pm

y = 1/3, but then what?
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Postby stapel_eliz on Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:52 pm

You have arctangents. These are equal to angles. For instance, arctan(x) = for some angle . Then . Note that you have a numerical value for x.

Pick an angle variable for arctan(y), and plug the sum of these two angles, being the sum of the arctangents, into the angle-sum formula for tangent. Simplify the result, and plug in values where you can. I haven't completed the computations, but I believe that this process should lead you to the answer. :wink:
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Re: if x=1/2 and (x+1)(y+1)=2, find rad. meas of arctanx+arctany

Postby mathnoob on Fri Aug 07, 2009 12:56 am

It simplified to (x+y)/(1-xy) which worked out right.
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