Unit 3-Objective 2-Graphs of y = a sin bx and y = a cos bx
Quick Review

The period is the distance until the y-values repeat their cycle.

y = sin x and y = cos x have a period of 2 is approximately 6.28... = 360°

A constant times the angle x changes the periods.

y = A sin Bx and y = A cos Bx have a period .

To sketch this, mark off the amplitude on the y-axis and mark off the period, , on the x-axis. Divide the period into quarters.


Example 1

y = 3 sin 5x
amplitude = |3| = 3
period =




Example 2

y = 4 cos theta/2 or y = 4 cos theta
amplitude = |4| = 4
period = = 4pi




Example 3

y = - sin 4x
amplitude = |-1| = 1
period =




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