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Re: Rewriting of Trigonometric Functions

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  • Subject: [mg26858] Re: [mg26803] Rewriting of Trigonometric Functions
  • From: "Carl K. Woll" <carlw at>
  • Date: Fri, 26 Jan 2001 01:27:12 -0500 (EST)
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Try using the command TrigReduce, as in


Cos[a - b] - Cos[a + b]

Carl Woll
Physics Dept
U of Washington

----- Original Message -----
From: "Thomas Engelhardt" <thomas-a.engelhardt at>
To: mathgroup at
Subject: [mg26858] [mg26803] Rewriting of Trigonometric Functions

> Dear Mathgroup members,
> I have just started to use Mathematica and directly ran into a problem:
> I have rather lengthy expressions resulting from putting a sum of two
> sinusodial swings to the power of three (Two-tone Intermodulation).
> In order for me to recognise the contained frequencies I want Mathematica
> rewrite the contained Trigonometric functions in certain ways, namely
> [sin(a)]^2  should be transformed into 1/2*(1+cos2x)
> and for higher powers accordingly.
> Furthermore:
> sin(a)*sin(b) should be changed to 1/2*[cos(a-b) - cos(a+b)]
> I have tried all kinds of "Expand" and "Trig..." operations but
> always keeps the powers on the trigonometric functions and doesn't change
> the multiplications either.
> Does anybody have an idea how I can get Mathematica to transform the
> expressions in the desired way?
> I appreciate your help!
> Thanks in advance.
> Kind Regards
> Thomas
> Munich, Germany

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