Find the Horizontal Tangent Line y=cos(x)

Math
Set as a function of .
The derivative of with respect to is .
Set the derivative equal to then solve the equation .
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Multiply each term in by
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Multiply each term in by .
Multiply .
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Multiply by .
Multiply by .
Multiply by .
Take the inverse sine of both sides of the equation to extract from inside the sine.
The exact value of is .
The sine function is positive in the first and second quadrants. To find the second solution, subtract the reference angle from to find the solution in the second quadrant.
Subtract from .
Find the period.
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The period of the function can be calculated using .
Replace with in the formula for period.
Solve the equation.
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The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .
Divide by .
The period of the function is so values will repeat every radians in both directions.
, for any integer
Consolidate the answers.
, for any integer
, for any integer
Solve the original function at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Apply the reference angle by finding the angle with equivalent trig values in the first quadrant. Make the expression negative because cosine is negative in the second quadrant.
The exact value of is .
Multiply by .
The final answer is .
The horizontal tangent lines on function are .
Find the Horizontal Tangent Line y=cos(x)

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