Solving Sine Equations for More Than One Solution

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To solve the equationinvert both sides, obtaining

This is not the only the solution. There are an infinite number of solutions. Typically though, we want solutions in the range 0° – 360°.

We can use the sine curve below to find the solutions.

Draw the horizontal line y=0.2 (because the equation to solve is sin x =0.2). Where this line crosses the curve, drop a line to the x – axis. The solution is where the line crosses the x – axis.

The sin curve has symmetry, so thatThis often aids the search for a solution.

The two solutions are x=11.54° and x=168.46° .

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