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Mathematics for Technology II (Math 2131)

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Graphing the Cosine Function

All cosine functions start off looking like this without applying any transformation:

The steps to graphing cosine waves is identical to graphing sine waves. A summary of steps as explained in the previous video are written below:

(a) Draw two horizontal lines, each at a distance equal to the amplitude a from the x axis.

(b) Draw a vertical line at a distance from the origin equal to the period P. We now have a rectangle of width P and height 2×a.

(c) Subdivide the period P into four equal parts. Label the x axis at these points, and draw vertical lines through them.

(d) Lightly sketch in the sine/cosine curve.

(e) Shift the curve by the amount of the phase shift.

Question 1

Question 2

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