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Chapter 2: Graphing Trigonometric Functions

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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In this chapter we learned about another way to measure degrees, called radians. Radians are based off of the unit circle, which is a circle with a radius of one. Because all circles are similar, it doesn’t matter which one we use to measure radians, the ratios will always reduce to be the same. Therefore, we can now graph the six trigonometric functions on the plane. All the trigonometric functions are periodic and, wherever the trig value is undefined the graph has a vertical asymptote. Finally, we learned that trig functions can be transformed, much like a quadratic or cubic function. Every trig function has amplitude, phase shift, vertical shift and a period, or frequency.


A dilation on the value of a trigonometric function. is multiplied by the function, to make it stretch or shorten.
Angular Velocity
The velocity of rotation, measured in radians.
Arc Length
The length of a portion of the circumference of a circle. The formula is , where is the corresponding central angle, in radians.
Circular Function
The collective term for a function that can be defined by the unit circle.
Critical Angle(s)
Any angle that is a multiple of or .
A transformation that changes the size of an object or function.
The number of times the graph repeats in or for tangent and cotangent.
The distance it takes a graph to complete one phase.
Phase Shift
The shift, or translation, in the direction of a trigonometric function. Also called a horizontal translation.
An alternate way to measure degrees, defined by the arc length on a circle that is equal to the radius. radians.
The area of a portion of a circle. The formula is , where is the central angle, measured in radians.
Any change made to an object or graph. Transformations can either be dilations or translations.
Either a vertical or horizontal movement of an object or function.
Vertical Shift
The vertical translation of a function.

Review Questions

  1. Convert to radians.
  2. Convert to degrees.
  3. Find the exact value of .
  4. Find all possible answers in radians, between
  5. This is an image of the state flag of Colorado

    It turns out that the diameter of the gold circle is the total height of the flag (the same width as the white stripe) and the outer diameter of the red circle is of the total height of the flag. The angle formed by the missing portion of the red band is radians. In a flag that is 66 inches tall, what is the area of the red portion of the flag to the nearest square inch?

  6. Suppose the radius of the dial of an electric meter on a house is 7 cm.

    1. How fast is a point on the outside edge of the dial moving if it completes a revolution in 9 seconds?
    2. Find the angular velocity of a point on the dial.
  7. In the figure below, there is a quadrilateral formed by four line segments: the two radii of the circle (in pink), the orange segment (marked as “cotangent”), and the green segment (marked as “tangent”). The tangent (green) segment has been constructed as tangent to the circle (forming a 90-degree angle with the radius). How do you know that the number of units that is the length of the cotangent segment is equal to ? You may assume that the radii shown (pink) are 1 unit.
  8. Graph and on the same set of axes over the interval . Where do they intersect?

For questions 9-12, determine the amplitude, period, frequency, vertical shift, and phase shift. Then, graph each function over the interval .

For questions 13 and 14, find the equation of the graph below. Only sine and cosine functions will have an amplitude other than 1.

Review Answers

  1. For , must equal or . In radians, or .
  2. There are many difference approaches to the problem. Here is one possibility: First, calculate the area of the red ring as if it went completely around the circle: Next, calculate the area of the total sector that would form the opening of the “ Then, calculate the area of the yellow sector and subtract it from the previous answer. Finally, subtract this answer from the first area calculated. The area is approximately
    1. First find the circumfrence: . This will be the distance for the linear velocity.
  3. Given such a quadrilateral, and given that the two transverse angles are identified as equal (i.e., both are marked as in the picture), the orange segment must be parallel to the opposite (pink) radius segment, and this quadrilateral would have to be a square. This means that must be equal to 45 degrees, and both the tangent and cotangent of 45 degrees are equal to 1. Also, since the radii of the circle are equal to 1 unit, each of the sides of the quadrilateral (including the cotangent segment) are equal to 1 unit. Therefore, since cot = , the number of units that is the length of the cotangent segment must be equal to .

The intersections are and .

Texas Instruments Resources

In the CK-12 Texas Instruments Trigonometry FlexBook, there are graphing calculator activities designed to supplement the objectives for some of the lessons in this chapter. See http://www.ck12.org/flexr/chapter/9700.

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