To display equations, I recently installed LaTeX into WordPress by using a Latexrender plugin and it works great! I am going to try it out by blogging about a relatively easy way to derive the double angle formulas for the sine and cosine. The double angle formulas relate and to and .

Let’s be honest, who wants to waste their cortical space remembering formulas like this. Instead, you can derive them pretty easily by remembering a few more elementary facts. First, you can write any complex number as:

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Next, you must remember how to work with exponents:

and

Now we put it all together.

We start by writing

We then square both sides

Now use the rule for exponents on the left-hand side, and multiply out the right-hand side:

Now write the left-hand side in terms of sines and cosines again:

Last, equate the real parts and the imaginary parts and you have your double-angle formulas:

Easy as !

Kevin Knuth

Albany NY

I keep thinking that I need to play around with LaTeX so that I can see where it might be useful in my world. Thanks for the demo!

…now to figure out what all of that math means!