Prove the following identity: -tanx=cot(x-pi/2)

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May 29th, 2015

Applying the cosine addition and sine addition formulas proves the cofunction, add pi, and supplementary angle identities. Using the formulas, we see that sin(pi/2-x) = cos(x), cos(pi/2-x) = sin(x); that sin(x + pi) = -sin(x), cos(x + pi) = -cos(x); and that sin(pi-x) = sin(x), cos( -x) = -cos(x). The formulas also give the tangent of a difference formula, for tan(alpha-beta).

cot(x - π/2) = -cot(π/2 - x) = -tan(x) (Cofunction identity

May 29th, 2015

Can you show this algebraically? 

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are you ok with the answer


May 29th, 2015

I was wondering how I could prove this algebraically. I know I have to start off by converting -tanx to (-sinx/cosx), but I do not know where to go from there. 

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Can you show this algebraically? 

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