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Which is larger cos(sin x) or sin(cos x) ? Does this depend on x ?

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Stage: 5 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:1

By considering the graph of $y=\sin x$ prove that, for $0\leq x \leq \pi/2$, $${2x\over \pi} \leq \sin x \leq x.$$ By considering the graph of $y=\tan x$ prove that, for $0 < a < b < \pi/2$, $${\tan a \over \tan b} < {a\over b}.$$

Can you find similar inequalities which hold for different ranges of $x$?

You can use the excellent shareware Graphmatica (downloadable from http://nrich.maths.org/downloads/graphmatica.zip ) or a graphic calculator, to experiment with the graphs here.