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Question 07 (a)
Full-Solution Problem. Justify your answers and show all your work. Simplification of numerical answers is required.
Make sure you understand the problem fully: What is the question asking you to do? Are there specific conditions or constraints that you should take note of? How will you know if your answer is correct from your work only? Can you rephrase the question in your own words in a way that makes sense to you?
If you are stuck, check the hints below. Read the first one and consider it for a while. Does it give you a new idea on how to approach the problem? If so, try it! If after a while you are still stuck, go for the next hint.
Think about the double angle formulas.
You have to use double angles twice!
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The question asks us to confirm that
So we will calculate the integral on the left hand side, and then compare our answer to the given right hand side.
The key identity is the double angle formula for cosine,
where the second equality came from . This gives
Then with ,
Note that this is not a substitution in the integral. All we do is rewrite cos4 θ using the double angle formula.
We notice that we have a term that looks like again. The identity above holds for any argument and so we could write
We have and so we can replace with
To make things cleaner, we'll factor out from every summand in the integral:
Now, we can integrate each term, remembering the scaling factor:
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