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  1. Many times when we are solving trigonometric equations, the solutions are not convenient values on the unit circle where we can find the exact answers. For example, when we solve 2 sin x = 1, we get x = sin−1 and we know the exact solution between − and is . The other solution between 0 and 2π is . But what happens when we try to solve 5 sin x = 4? Homework Help ✎

    1. Solve 5 sin x = 4 for x and calculate a decimal approximation.

    2. Is this the only solution between 0 and 2π? Use what you know about the symmetry of the sine wave to determine the other solution between 0 and 2π to this trigonometric equation.

    3. Using the same method, find all of the solutions for the domain (−∞, ∞).

Use the unit circle and symmetry.

How can you write this?

x = 0.927
x = π − 0.927

Add 2πn where n = any integer to both answers above.