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Lesson 29: Graphs of Sine and Cosine

Resources

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Learning Outcomes.

  • Graph sine and cosine using special values and symmetry.
  • Graph sine and cosine with different amplitudes and periods.
  • Write the equation for a given graph.

Topic. This lesson covers

Section 4.1: Graphs of Sine and Cosine Functions.

WeBWorK. There is one WeBWorK assignment on today’s material:

GraphingSineCosine

Lesson Notes.

Video Lesson.

Video Lesson 29 (based on Lesson 29 Notes)

 

 

Warmup Questions

These are questions on fundamental concepts that you need to know before you can embark on this lesson. Don’t skip them! Take your time to do them, and check your answer by clicking on the “Show Answer” tab.

Warmup Question 1

Find all values of x between -2\pi and 2\pi such that \sin x=0.

Show Answer 1

-2\pi, -\pi, 0, \pi, 2\pi

Warmup Question 2

Find all values of x between -3\pi and 3\pi such that \cos x=0.

Show Answer 2

-\dfrac{5\pi}{2}, -\dfrac{3\pi}{2}, -\dfrac{\pi}{2}, \dfrac{\pi}{2}, \dfrac{3\pi}{2}, \dfrac{5\pi}{2}

Warmup Question 3

Find all values of x between -2\pi and 2\pi such that \tan x=0.

Show Answer 3

-2\pi, -\pi, 0, \pi, 2\pi

Review

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Quick Intro

This is like a mini-lesson with an overview of the main objects of study. It will often contain a list of key words, definitions and properties – all that is new in this lesson. We will use this opportunity to make connections with other concepts. It can be also used as a review of the lesson.

A Quick Intro to Graphs of Sine and Cosine

Key Words. Graph, x-intercept, y-intercept, amplitude, period, phase shift, sine, cosine

\bigstar The graph is the collection of points (x,y) where y is given by an expression.

\bigstar The xintercept is a point where the graph intersects the x-axis. It is of the form (x,0), so y=0.

\bigstar The yintercept is a point where the graph intersects the y-axis. It is of the form (0,y), so x=0.

\bigstar Graph of y=\sin x

By the Warmup Question 1, \sin x =0 between -2\pi and 2\pi when x=-2\pi, -\pi, 0, \pi and 2\pi. On the graph below you will see the following x-intercepts:

    \[(-2\pi,0), (-\pi,0),(0,0),(\pi,0),(2\pi,0).\]

Also, \sin 0 = 0, so (0,0) is both an x– and y-intercept.

(graph of y=\sin x with x between -2\pi and 2\pi)

\bigstar Graph of y=\cos x

By the Warmup Question 2, \cos x =0 between -3\pi and 3\pi when -5\pi/2, -3\pi/2, -\pi/2, \pi/2,3\pi/2,5\pi/2. On the graph below you will see the following x-intercepts:

    \[(-5\pi/2,0), (-3\pi/2,0),(-\pi/2,0), (\pi/2,0),(3\pi/2,0),(5\pi/2,0).\]

Also, \cos 0 = 1, so (0,1) is the y-intercept.

(graph of y=\cos x with x between -5\pi/2 and 5\pi/2)

\bigstar Graph of y= \tan x

Since \tan x = \dfrac{\sin x}{\cos x}, \tan x=0 when \sin x = 0. When \cos x =0, \tan x is not defined.

By the Warmup Question 3, \tan x =0 or \sin x = 0 between -2\pi and 2\pi when -2\pi, -\pi, 0, \pi, and 2\pi. On the graph below you see the following x-intercepts:

    \[(-2\pi,0), (-\pi,0),(0,0),(\pi,0),(2\pi,0).\]

Also, \tan 0 = 0, so (0,0) is both an x– and y-intercept.

(graph of y=\tan x with x between -2\pi and 2\pi)

\bigstar In general, for

    \[y=a\sin(bx+c)\qquad\text{ or }\qquad y = a\cos(bx+c),\]

the graph is a shift/stretch/compression of the graphs of \sin x and \cos x, respectively. The number |a| is the amplitude, the number |2\pi/b| is the period, and the number -c/b is the phase shift.

Both \sin x and \cos x have amplitude 1 and period 2\pi. This means that their values repeat every 2\pi.

(picture taken from Precalculus by Thomas Tradler and Holly Carley)

(graph of y=a\sin(bx+c) with x between -c/b and -c/b+|2\pi/b|)

Video Lesson

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Video Lesson

A video lesson on Graphs of Sine and Cosine [12:48]

A description of the video resources

In the video you will see the graphs of

  • \sin x
  • \cos x
  • \tan x
  • \sin(\pi x)
  • 7\cos(2x)
  • y=-5\sin\left(\dfrac{\pi x}{2}\right) (here the graph is given, and the function is derived)

Try Questions

Now that you have read the material and watched the video, it is your turn to put in practice what you have learned. We encourage you to try the Try Questions on your own. When you are done, click on the “Show answer” tab to see if you got the correct answer.

Try Question 1

State the amplitude and period. Then sketch the graph through two complete cycles. Mark the x– and y-intercepts with their coordinates. 

    \[y=3\sin (2x)\]

Show Answer 1

The amplitude is 3. The period is \pi. The y-intercept is (0,0). The x-intercepts are: (0,0), (\pi/2,0), (\pi,0), (3\pi/2,0), and (2\pi,0).

(graph of y=3\sin(2x) with x between 0 and 2\pi)

WeBWorK

You should now be ready to start working on the WeBWorK problems. Doing the homework is an essential part of learning. It will help you practice the lesson and reinforce your knowledge.

WeBWork

It is time to do the homework on WeBWork:

GraphingSineCosine

When you are done, come back to this page for the Exit Questions.

Exit Questions

After doing the WeBWorK problems, come back to this page. The Exit Questions include vocabulary checking and conceptual questions. Knowing the vocabulary accurately is important for us to communicate. You will also find one last problem. All these questions will give you an idea as to whether or not you have mastered the material. Remember: the “Show Answer” tab is there for you to check your work!

Exit Questions

  • How can we look at a graph of sine or cosine and determine its period? 
  • Why is it convenient to graph by dividing up a segment of the x-axis into 4 pieces (instead of 5 or 3, say)? 
  • How can we see that \cos(x)=3 has no solutions?

\bigstar State the amplitude and period. Then sketch the graph through two complete cycles. Mark the x– and y-intercepts with their coordinates. 

    \[y = -2\cos (4x)\]

Show Answer

The amplitude is 2. The period is \pi/2. The y-intercept is (0,-2). The x-intercepts are: (\pi/8,0), (3\pi/8,0), (5\pi/8,0), and (7\pi/8,0).

(graph of y=-2\cos(4x) with x between 0 and \pi)

Need more help?

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Additional video resources on Graphs of Sine, Cosine, and Tangent
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