Draw a unit circle and a triangle with the opposite side of 0.5 and hypotenuse 1.
Since the short leg is half the hypotenuse, this is a 30°-60°-90° triangle. θ = 30°.
Reflect the triangle across the y-axis. If 30° is the reference angle, what is the circular angle?
Notice that θ = 150° as well.
Convert both angles to radians. Recall that 180° is π radians. What fraction of 180° is 150°?
Every time you go around the circle, you will come back to these points, so there are an infinite number of solutions to this equation.
A new solution occurs every 360° or 2π radians.
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