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In triangle ABC prove that cosA+cosB+cosC is always positive

In triangle ABC prove that  cosA+cosB+cosC is always positive

Grade:12

2 Answers

akhil samir killawala
18 Points
10 years ago

cosA+cosB+cosC=1+4sin(a/2)sin(b/2)sinc(c/2)

.. LHS

= ( cos A + cos B ) + cos C

= { 2 · cos[ ( A+B) / 2 ] · cos [ ( A-B) / 2 ] } + cos C

= { 2 · cos [ (π/2) - (C/2) ] · cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] } + cos C

= { 2 · sin( C/2 ) · cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] } + { 1 - 2 · sin² ( C/2 ) }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A -B) / 2 ] - sin ( C/2 ) }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] - sin [ (π/2) - ( (A+B)/2 ) ] }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] - cos [ (A+B)/ 2 ] }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· 2 sin ( A/2 )· sin( B/2 ) ... ... ... (2)

= 1 + 4 sin(A/2) sin(B/2) sin(C/2)

= RHS ..

from this u can proove n deduce your qustion..

Yash Chourasiya
askIITians Faculty 256 Points
one year ago
Dear Student

Taking LHS = cosA+cosB+cosC..

= ( cos A + cos B ) + cos C

= { 2 · cos[ ( A+B) / 2 ] · cos [ ( A-B) / 2 ] } + cos C

= { 2 · cos [ (π/2) – (C/2) ] · cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] } + cos C

= { 2 · sin( C/2 ) · cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] } + { 1 – 2 · sin² ( C/2 ) }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A -B) / 2 ] – sin ( C/2 ) }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] – sin [ (π/2) – ( (A+B)/2 ) ] }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· { cos [ (A-B) / 2 ] – cos [ (A+B)/ 2 ] }

= 1 + 2 sin ( C/2 )· 2 sin ( A/2 )· sin( B/2 ) … … … (2)

= 1 + 4 sin(A/2) sin(B/2) sin(C/2)

Hence it will always be positive.

I hope this answer will help you.
Thanks & Regards
Yash Chourasiya

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