Try this beautiful Problem from Singapore Mathematics Olympiad, SMO, 2008 based on Trigonometry.

Problem – Trigonometry (SMO Test)

Find the value of \((log_{\sqrt 2}(cos 20^\circ) + log_{\sqrt 2} (cos 40^\circ) + log_{\sqrt 2}(cos 80^\circ))^2\)

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  • 36
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Key Concepts


Log Function

Check the Answer

But try the problem first…

Answer: 36

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Try with Hints

First hint

This one is a very simple. We can start from here :

As all are in the function of log with \(\sqrt 2\) as base so we can take it as common such that

\(log_{\sqrt 2}(cos 20 ^\circ . cos 40 ^\circ . cos 80^\circ)\)

Now as you can see we dont know the exact value of \(cos 20^\circ\) or \(cos 40^\circ\) or \(cos 80^\circ\) values.

But theres a formula that we can use which is

cosA.cos B = \(\frac {1}{2} (cos (A+B) + cos (A-B))\)

Now try apply this formula in the above expression and try to solve………

Second Hint

Now those who did not get the answer yet try this:

If we apply the formula in the expression mentioned in the last hint :

\(log_{\sqrt 2}(cos 20 ^\circ . \frac {1}{2}(cos 120 ^\circ . cos 40^\circ)\)

\(log_{\sqrt 2}(-\frac {1}{4} cos 20 ^\circ +\frac {1}{2} cos 40 ^\circ . cos 20^\circ)\)

\(log_{\sqrt 2}(-\frac {1}{4} cos 20 ^\circ +\frac {1}{4} (cos 60 ^\circ + cos 20^\circ)\)

We need to do the rest of the calculation.Try to do that …………………..

Final Step

Continue from the last hint:

\(log_{\sqrt 2} \frac {1}{8} = – \frac {log_{2} 8}{log_{2}(2^{\frac {1}{2}})} = -6 \)

So squaring this answer = \((-6)^2 = 36\) ……………………..(Answer)

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