# sin θ = 1

How to find the general solution of an equation of the form sin θ = 1?

Prove that the general solution of sin θ = 1 is given by θ = (4n + 1)π/2, n ∈ Z.

Solution:

We have,

sin θ = 1

⇒ sin θ = sin $$\frac{π}{2}$$

θ = mπ + (-1)$$^{m}$$ ∙ $$\frac{π}{2}$$, m ∈ Z, [Since, the general solution of sin θ = sin ∝ is given by θ = nπ + (-1)$$^{n}$$ ∝, n ∈ Z.]

Now, if m is an even integer i.e., m = 2n (where n ∈ Z) then,

θ = 2nπ + $$\frac{π}{2}$$

⇒ θ = (4n + 1)$$\frac{π}{2}$$

Again, if m is an odd integer i.e. m = 2n + 1 (where n ∈ Z) then,

θ = (2n + 1) ∙ π - $$\frac{π}{2}$$

⇒ θ = (4n + 1)$$\frac{π}{2}$$.

Hence, the general solution of sin θ = 1 is θ = (4n + 1)$$\frac{π}{2}$$, n ∈ Z.

1. Solve the trigonometric equation sin x - 2 = cos 2x, (0 ≤ x ≤ $$\frac{π}{2}$$)

Solution:

sin x - 2 = cos 2x

⇒ sin x - 2 = 1 - 2 sin 2x

⇒ 2 sin$$^{2}$$ x + sin x - 3 = 0

⇒ 2 sin$$^{2}$$ x + 3 sin x - 2 sin x - 3 = 0

⇒ sin x (2 sin x + 3) - 1(2 sin x + 3) = 0

⇒ (2 sin x + 3) (sin x - 1) = 0

Therefore, either, 2 sin x + 3 = 0 ⇒ sin x = - $$\frac{3}{2}$$, Which is impossible since the numerical value of sin x cannot be greater than 1.

or, sin x - 1 = 0

⇒ sin x = 1

We know that the general solution of sin θ = 1 is θ = (4n + 1)$$\frac{π}{2}$$, n ∈ Z.

Therefore, x = (4n + 1)$$\frac{π}{2}$$ …………… (1) where, n ∈ Z.

Now, Putting n = 0 in (1) we get, x = $$\frac{π}{2}$$

Now, Putting   n = 1 in (1) we get, x = $$\frac{5π}{2}$$

Therefore, the required solution in 0 ≤ x ≤ 2π is:   x = $$\frac{π}{2}$$.

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