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3.1: Find that Sine

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12
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This activity is intended to supplement Trigonometry, Chapter 2, Lesson 3.

Problem 1 – Temperature graphs

In this problem, you will graph and find a sinusoidal function.

The temperature in Kansas City fluctuates from cold in the winter to hot in the summer. The average, monthly temperature (F) will be loaded into L1 and L2 when you run the program.

Press PRGM to access the Program menu.

Choose the KANSTEMP program and press ENTER. This will load the six lists with the data for all three problems.

Press STAT [EDIT] to see the data in the lists. The number of the month is in L1 and the temperature is in L2.

Note: The data that appears in L3 through L6 will be used later in the activity.

To graph the data, press 2nd [STAT PLOT] and ENTER to access Plot1.

Make sure that the Plot1 settings are the same as shown.

Press ZOOM and select 9:ZoomStat.

You will get a graph similar to one to the right.

Find the sine equation that models the data. Press STAT, arrow over to CALC, and select C:SinReg. This brings the command to the home screen.

Follow the command by entering L1, L2, Y1.

L1 and L2 can be entered by pressing the following keys: 2nd [L1] and 2nd [L2].

To enter Y1, press VARS and arrow to select the Y-VARS menu. Then, press ENTER to select 1:Function… and select 1:Y1.

Press ENTER and the values for a, b, c, and d in the general formula y=a  sin(bx+c)+d will appear on the screen. The formula is now stored in Y1.

  • With two-decimal accuracy, record the sine equation:

Press GRAPH to see the sine regression with the data.

  • How well does the sine equation model the data? Explain.

Clean the graph up by hiding the scatter plot.

To hide the scatter plot, press Y= and arrow up to highlight Plot1. Press ENTER.

Press GRAPH to see the cleaned up graph.

Problem 2 – Hours of Sunlight

The amount of light a location on the Earth receives from the Sun changes each day depending upon the time of year and latitude of that location. The amount of daily sunshine Kansas City experiences has been recorded in the lists where the calendar day is in L3, and the hours of sunlight is L4.

Create the scatter plot, sine equation that models the data and “clean-up” the graph as outlined in Problem 1. To create the scatter plot, make sure to change the XList to L3 and the YList to L4.

In early cultures, certain days of the year had significant importance because of the planting cycle. These days were the winter and summer solstices, and the spring and fall equinoxes. The equinoxes are the days with equal amounts of light and dark. The summer solstice has the greatest amount of sunlight, while the winter solstice has the fewest amount of sunlight.

  • With two-decimal accuracy, record the sine equation:
  • How well does the sine equation model the data? Explain.

Find the four dates by tracing the equation and record the points below.

  • x1=y1=
  • x2=y2=
  • x3=y3=
  • x4=y4=

Problem 3: Tides

The Bay of Fundy has the highest tides in the world. If a tape measure were attached at the water line of a peer, and the water level height were recorded over a period of eighteen hours, data like that in L5 and L6 would be generated.

  • With two-decimal accuracy, record the sine equation:
  • How well does the sine equation model the data? Explain.
  • Find the sinusoidal equation that models this data and predict the water level when the time is 49 hours after the readings were started. Since the sinusoidal regression equation will be stored in Y1, use the function notation, Y1(49) on the home screen to predict the water level at 49 hours.

Additional Practice

The rabbit population in a field fluctuates with the seasons. In January, the cold weather and lack of food reduces the population to 500. In July, the population rises to its high of 800. This cycle repeats itself. Determine a model.

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