Precalculus (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32197-907-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-32197-907-0

Chapter 7 - Analytic Trigonometry - 7.2 The Inverse Trigonometric Functions (Continued) - 7.2 Assess Your Understanding - Page 458: 24



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Note that $\tan{\left(-\dfrac{\pi}{4}\right)}=-1$. Thus $\cos^{-1}\left(\tan{\left(-\dfrac{\pi}{4}\right)}\right)=\cos^{-1}{\left(-1\right)}=\pi$, because $\cos{\left(\pi\right)}=-1$ and $\pi$ is in the range of $\cos^{-1}{x}$, which is $\left[0,\pi\right].$
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