# Past Papers’ Solutions | Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) | AS & A level | Mathematics 9709 | Pure Mathematics 1 (P1-9709/01) | Year 2016 | Feb-Mar | (P1-9709/12) | Q#4

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Question

a.   Solve the equation , giving the solution in an exact form.

b.   Solve, by factorising, the equation for .

Solution

a.

We are given;     b.

We are required to solve, by factorising, the following equation for .   Now we have two options.            We utilize the periodic property of to find other solutions (roots) of : Symmetry Property Hence;  Therefore, another solution of is but it is outside desired limit , so we  can ignore it.

Since our limits of interest are , we need not to use periodic property of because  that will result in solutions outside limits of interest.

We utilize the periodic property of to find another solution (root) of : Symmetry Property Or Hence;    Therefore, we have only one solution for .

Since our limits of interest are , we need not to use periodic property of because  that will result in solutions outside limits of interest.

Hence there are only two solutions of for .  