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### Arccos(x) + Arcsin(x) = Pi/2

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Date: 02/04/2001 at 08:01:13
From: Susan
Subject: Prove

Prove that for all x between -1 and 1,

cos^-1(x) = pi/2 - sin^-1(x)

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Date: 02/04/2001 at 10:49:49
From: Doctor Robert
Subject: Re: Prove

I hope that you've drawn a figure. Use a unit circle and pick a point
on the circle in the first quadrant. Draw the hypotenuse from the
origin to this point and then drop the vertical leg to the horizontal
axis. Let the angle at the origin be a and the other acute angle be
b. Now label the vertical leg x, the hypotenuse 1 and the horizontal
leg sqrt(1-x^2).

From the triangle:

sin(a) = x
cos(a) = sqrt(1-x^2)
sin(b) = sqrt(1-x^2)
cos(b) = x

sin(a + b) = sin(a)cos(b) + cos(b)sin(a)
= x^2 + (1-x^2) = 1

If sin(a + b) = 1, then a + b = pi/2. (Actually we already knew this,
since a and b were the acute angles of a right triangle).

But a = sin^-1(x) and b = cos^-1(x).

So...

sin^-1(x) + cos^-1(x) = pi/2
cos^-1(x) = pi/2 - sin^-1(x)

- Doctor Robert, The Math Forum
http://mathforum.org/dr.math/
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