How To Find The Exact Value Of Cosine (-165)?


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Anonymous answered
You ask for the exact value, not an approximation, so throw away that calculator! And use what you know about trigonometry.

First notice that because(-165)=-because(180-165)=-because(15). Now recall that because^2(x)=(1+because(2x))/2, so


Since 15 degrees is in the first quadrant, solving the above equation for because(15) gives sqrt(2+sqrt(3))/2. Therefore,

because(-165) = -sqrt(2+sqrt(3))/2

Now dust off your calculator and check this identity, but please notice that once you have the exact value at hand, you can find arbitrarily close approximations, hence the exact value is much more valuable.

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Suhail Ajmal answered
If you have a scientific calculator you can do that very easily by using cosine function on it. Secondly you can also find the value of cosine (-165) on the internet. Just write in the search bar Cosine -165 and it will give you the exact value of it.

cosine(-165) = -0.0663369363

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