# Find the value of (1+cos pi/8)(1+cos 3pi/8)(1+cos 5pi/8)(1+cos 7pi/8)

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by hemang2000

2014-08-11T23:01:57+05:30
steps:
(1 + cos π/8)(1 + cos 3π/8)(1 + cos 5π/8)(1 + cos 7π/8)
= (1 + cos π/8)(1 + cos 3π/8)(1 - cos 3π/8)(1 - cos π/8), since cos(π - t) = -cos t
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - cos² 3π/8)
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - sin² π/8), via cos(π/2 - t) = sin t
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - sin² π/8)
= sin ^2 π/8 cos ^2 π/8
= (1/4) (2 sin π/8 cos π/8)²
= (1/4) (sin 2π/8)², by double angle formula
= (1/4) (sin π/4)²
= (1/4) (1/√2)²
= (1/4)(1/2)
= 1/8.
2014-08-12T06:49:14+05:30
steps:
(1 + cos π/8)(1 + cos 3π/8)(1 + cos 5π/8)(1 + cos 7π/8)
= (1 + cos π/8)(1 + cos 3π/8)(1 - cos 3π/8)(1 - cos π/8), since cos(π - t) = -cos t
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - cos² 3π/8)
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - sin² π/8), via cos(π/2 - t) = sin t
= (1 - cos² π/8)(1 - sin² π/8)
= sin ^2 π/8 cos ^2 π/8
= (1/4) (2 sin π/8 cos π/8)²
= (1/4) (sin 2π/8)², by double angle formula
= (1/4) (sin π/4)²
= (1/4) (1/√2)²
= (1/4)(1/2)
= 1/8.
you can diectly solve it in brackets. then it will become short