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# Rationalize the denominator and simplify: cos^2x / 1 - sinx

This is for my trig class. Thanks for the help!

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Steve S. | Tutoring in Precalculus, Trig, and Differential CalculusTutoring in Precalculus, Trig, and Diffe...
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cos^2(x) / (1 - sin(x)) =
(1 - sin^2(x)) / (1 - sin(x)) =
(1 + sin(x)) * (1 - sin(x)) / (1 - sin(x)) =
1 + sin(x), x ≠ pi/2 + 2pi(n), n integer.
Parviz F. | Mathematics professor at Community CollegesMathematics professor at Community Colle...
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COS ^2 x / (1 -SIN X )  =

Cos ^2 X . ( 1 + SIN X)  /.  (1 + Sin X) (1 - SIN X) =

/=  1- Sin^2 X
/ =  Cos ^2X
! + Sin X.

Rationalization is not a proper word to use here. Because ( 1- Sin X) is not an irrational quantity.

A rational number can be expressed as a fraction of integers.

Can you do that with 1 - sin(x) for all x?
Arthur D. | Effective Mathematics TutorEffective Mathematics Tutor
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cos^2(x)/[1-sin(x)]
multiply numerator and denominator by 1+sin(x)
[cos^2(x)][1+sin(x)]/[1-sin(x)][1+sin(x)]
cos^2(x)+cos^2(x)sin(x)/[1-sin^2(x)]
cos^2(x)+cos^2(x)sin(x)/cos^2(x) because 1=sin^2(x)+cos^2(x)