Solve for 0=<x<360 : 2((tanx)^2) + ((secx)^2) = 1

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First step I would take would make it look less intimidating by converting all components into sin and cos i.e

2(((sinx)/(cosx))^2) + 1/((cosx)^2) = 1

Notice that there is a common denominator of cosx^2    so I would multiply this up:

2((sinx)^2) + 1 = (cosx)^2

Eliminate cos by putting it in the form of sin using the trig identiy (cosx)^2 = 1 - (sinx)^2

so we have:

2((sinx)^2) + 1 = 1 - (sinx)^2

rearranging we obtain

3((sinx)^2) = 0

(sinx)^2 = 0

sinx = 0

In between 0 and 360, the sine function is 0 at 0 and 180 (360 is also a solution but not in the range)

so x = 0, 180

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