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Problems adapted from questions set for previous Mathematics exams.

1.

A-Level

(a) Solve the following trigonometric equation for \(–360° \lt x \lt 360°\):

$$ 5 \sin^2 x + 2\sin x + 3 = 7 \cos^2 x $$

giving your answers to the nearest integer.

(b) Hence find the smallest positive solution of the equation

$$ 5 \sin^2(3\theta + 20°) + 2\sin (3\theta + 20°) + 3 = 7 \cos^2 (3\theta + 20°) $$

giving your answer to 2 decimal places.


2.

A-Level

The function \(f\) is defined as \(f(x) = 12x^3 - 5x^2 -11x + 6 \).

(a) Use the Factor Theorem to show that \( (4x-3) \) is a factor of \(f(x)\)

(b) Express \(f(x)\) as a product of linear factors.

(c) The function \(g\) is defined as \( g( \theta )= 6 \cos \theta \cos 2\theta + 5 \sin^2 \theta - 5 \cos \theta + 1 \). Show that the function \( g( \theta ) \) can be written as \( f(x) \), where \( x = \cos \theta \).

(d) Hence solve the equation \( g(\theta ) = 0 \), giving your answers, in radians, in the interval \(0 \le \theta \le 2 \pi \).


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