Test of Mathematics at the 10+2 Level

This is a Test of Mathematics Solution Subjective 127 (from ISI Entrance). The book, Test of Mathematics at 10+2 Level is Published by East West Press. This problem book is indispensable for the preparation of I.S.I. B.Stat and B.Math Entrance.


Problem

Find all (x, y) such that sin x + sin y = sin (x+y) and |x| + |y| = 1

 


Discussion

|x| + |y| =1 is easier to plot. We have to treat the cases separately.

  • First quadrant: x +y = 1
  • Second quadrant: -x + y = 1 (since |x| = -x when x is negative)
  • Third Quadrant: -x-y =1
  • Fourth Quadrant: x – y =1

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Now we work on sin x + sin y = sin (x + y).

This implies \displaystyle{2 \sin \left ( \frac{x+y} {2} \right ) \cos \left ( \frac{x-y} {2} \right ) = 2 \sin \left ( \frac{x+y} {2} \right ) \cos \left ( \frac{x+y} {2} \right ) }. Hence we have two possibilities:

  • \displaystyle{\sin \left ( \frac{x+y} {2} \right ) = 0 } OR
  • \displaystyle{\cos \left ( \frac{x+y} {2} \right ) - \cos \left ( \frac{x-y} {2} \right ) = 0 } or \displaystyle { \sin \frac{x}{2} \sin \frac{y}{2} } = 0

The above situations can happen when when

\displaystyle{ \frac{x +y}{2} = k \pi } or \displaystyle{\frac {x}{2} = k \pi } or \displaystyle{ \frac{y}{2} = k \pi }, where k is any integer.

Thus we need to plot the class of lines \displaystyle{ x + y = 2 k \pi } , \displaystyle{ x = 2k\pi } and \displaystyle{ y = 2k\pi } , and consider the intersection points of these lines with the graph of |x| + |y| = 1.

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Clearly only for k=0, such intersection points can be found.

Hence required points are (0,1), (0,-1), (1,0), (-1,0), (1/2, -1/2), (-1/2, 1/2).


Chatuspathi

  • What is this topic: Graphing
  • What are some of the associated concept: Trigonometric Identities
  • Where can learn these topics: I.S.I. & C.M.I. Entrance Course of Cheenta, discusses these topics in the ‘Calculus’ module.
  • Book Suggestions: Play With Graphs (Arihant Publication)