Precalculus (6th Edition) Blitzer

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Chapter 5 - Section 5.2 - Sum and Difference Formulas - Exercise Set - Page 669: 16


The exact value of $\sin 75{}^\circ $ is $\frac{\sqrt{3}+1}{2\sqrt{2}}$.

Work Step by Step

Rewrite the expression for sine of $75{}^\circ $ as the sum of two angles as, $\sin 75{}^\circ =\sin \left( 45{}^\circ +30{}^\circ \right)$ Use the sum formula of sines and evaluate the modified expression as, $\sin \left( 45{}^\circ +30{}^\circ \right)=\sin 45{}^\circ \cos 30{}^\circ +\cos 45{}^\circ \sin 30{}^\circ $ Substitute the values, $\cos 45{}^\circ =\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}},\text{ }\cos 30{}^\circ =\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2},\text{ }\sin 45{}^\circ =\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}},\text{ and }\sin 30{}^\circ =\frac{1}{2}$. $\begin{align} & \sin \left( 45{}^\circ +30{}^\circ \right)=\left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\times \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2} \right)+\left( \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}\times \frac{1}{2} \right) \\ & =\frac{\sqrt{3}}{2\sqrt{2}}+\frac{1}{2\sqrt{2}} \\ & =\frac{\sqrt{3}+1}{2\sqrt{2}} \end{align}$ Hence, the exact value of $\sin 75{}^\circ $ is equivalent to $\frac{\sqrt{3}+1}{2\sqrt{2}}$.
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