3.1: Find that Sine
This activity is intended to supplement Trigonometry, Chapter 2, Lesson 3.
ID: 9733
Time required: 35 minutes
Activity Overview
Students will sinusoidal regression to determine equations to model various data sets and use the equations to make inferences.
Topic: Trigonometric Functions
 Calculate the trigonometric line of best fit to model bivariate data and use it to predict a value of one.
Teacher Preparation and Notes
 Prior to beginning the activity, students should download the KANSTEMP program to their handhelds.
 This investigation has students using sinusoidal regression with data sets and making inferences with the created equations.
 Students should already be familiar with the properties of sine graphs.
 This activity is intended to be teacherled.
 To download the calculator file, go to http://www.education.ti.com/calculators/downloads/US/Activities/Detail?id=9733 and select KANSTEMP.
Associated Materials
 Student Worksheet: Find that Sine http://www.ck12.org/flexr/chapter/9700
 KANSTEMP.8xp
Problem 1 – Temperature graphs
Students start this activity by running the KANSTEMP activity to store the necessary data for this activity in lists. For Problem 1, students will only use the data in lists
Students should plot the data using the settings shown to the right. To obtain an acceptable window, press ZOOM and select 9:ZoomStat.
Students will use a sinusoidal regression to find a sine function that models the data. They should store the equation in
After students have determined and graphed the sine regression equation,
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
Students will again use the sinusoidal regression to find an equation to model the data.
Students will use their equation to calculate the winter and summer solstices and spring and fall equinoxes. To calculate the equinox dates, students can use Trace to find the
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
After finding an equation to model the data, students will use the model to predict future events. Students can use the Trace feature, the value feature (students must adjust the window to include
Solutions
Problem 1

y=26.75sin(0.47x−1.80)+51.10
Problem 2

y=2.8sin(0.02x−1.38)+11.97  Vernal Equinox  81.94 calendar days (March 22)
 Autumnal Equinox  264.97 calendar days (September 22)
 Summer Solstice (
1st maximum of the function) 173.3 calendar days (June 22)  Winter Solstice (
1st minimum of the function)  357.76 calendar days (December 22)
Problem 3

y=4.44 sin(0.52x−3.11)+6.22 
y=4.52 feet
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