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Find all positive integral solutions of the equation $\tan^{-1}x+\cot^{-1}y=\tan^{-1}3$

$\begin{array}{1 1}(a)\;x=1,y=2&(b)\;x=0,y=1\\(c)\;x=2,y=3&(d)\;x=2,y=3\end{array}$

1 Answer

Step 1:
$\Rightarrow \tan^{-1}3$
$\Rightarrow \large\frac{xy+1}{y-x}$$=3$
$\Rightarrow xy+1=3(y-x)$
$\Rightarrow xy+1=3y-3x$
$\Rightarrow xy-3y=-3x-1$
$\Rightarrow y[x-3]=-[3x+1]$
Step 2:
When $x\rightarrow +ve$ numerator is +ve.
For $y$ to be +ve denominator must be +ve.
(i.e) $3-x>0$
$x< 3\Rightarrow x=1,2$
Substituting the value of $x$ in (1) we get $y=2,7$
$\Rightarrow$ solutions are $x=1,y=2$
$\Rightarrow x=2,y=7$
Hence (a) is the correct answer.
answered Nov 18, 2013 by sreemathi.v

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