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Simplify Numerator and Denominator

Date: 4/15/96 at 21:15:5
From: "Scott A. Mehring"
Subject: Derivatives of sines and cosines

What is the algebra, or actually the trig, that lets you go from 

	-sin x + 1
	(1- sin x)^2

	1-sin x

You take one -sin x from the top out of the den, but how is it 
done in a step-by-step process?  

Thank you.

Date: 4/17/96 at 11:14:36
From: Doctor Sebastien
Subject: Re: Derivatives of sines and cosines


Well, that's simply a question of looking at things from 
another angle.

 -sin x + 1
(1 - sin x)^2 

    1 - sin x
= -------------
  (1 - sin x)^2

= -----------
  (1 - sin x)

-Doctor Sebastien,  The Math Forum

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High School Trigonometry

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