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Monday, April 21, 2014

BQ#4: Unit T Concept 3

Why is a "normal" tangent graph uphill, but a "normal" cotangent graph downhill?
ASYMPTOTES. They are the reasons why tangent goes uphill and cotangent goes downhill. As we previously learned, tangent is sine/cosine and the only way to make an asymptote is for it to be undefined. This means cosine must be zero. We know that cosine equals zero at 90º (0,1) and 270º (0,-1). So, on a graph, the asymptote starts at π/2 and ends at 3π/2. Remember, these aren't all the asymptotes, they are just one period. In the picture below, you can see that the asymptotes are the dotted lines. Quadrants two and three consists of one whole period and quadrants one and four are just the halves because it's a snapshot.
Contrasting with the tangent graph, cotangent's asymptotes are placed in a different spot, resulting in a downhill graph. It's ratio is cosine/sine, which means sine must be undefined for it to have an asymptote. Sine is zero at 0º/360º (1,0) and 180º (-1,0), so that is where the asymptotes are placed to make one period (picture below). The cycle is positive, negative and positive,negative. They repeat twice, so there are two periods only in the picture.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

BQ#3: Unit T Concept 1-3

How do the graphs of sine and cosine relate each of the others?

a) Tangent?
First of all, we know that sine (red) starts and ends at zero and cosine starts and ends at 1; both of their periods is 2π. Looking at the picture above, in the first quadrant, sine and cosine are both positive. Since tangent is equal to sine/cosine, you're dividing by two positive numbers so that means tangent must be positive as well. Therefore, tangent (orange) is positive in the picture. In the second quadrant, sine is positive and cosine is negative, so tangent must be negative. In the third quadrant, both sine and cosine are negative, so tangent is positive, In the fourth quadrant, sine is negative and cosine is positive; therefore, tangent is negative. 

Further more, asymptotes are significant in understanding how sine/cosine correlate with tangent. From previous units, we know that tan=sin/cos and in order to have an asymptote, it must be undefined. In this case, cosine must be undefined or equal to zero. From the unit circle, x is zero at 90º (π/2) and 270º (3π/2). Those will be where the asymptotes will be. It's where tangent cannot cross or touch, as you can tell in the picture. Remember there are MANY asymptotes, it goes on forever but the picture above is just a screenshot. 

b) Cotangent?
Cotangent is very similar to tangent because it's equal to cosine/sine. From the picture above, we see that cotangent (blue) is positive in the first and third quadrant because we are either dividing by a positive and positive or a negative and negative. In two and four, cotangent is negative because you're dividing by positive and negative. 

For cotangent to have an asymptote, sine must be equal to zero. Looking at your unit circle, you see that y is equal to zero at 180º (π) and 360º (2π). This will be where the asymptotes will be on the graph. 

c) Secant?
Secant looks very different from tangent and cotangent but it's a similar concept, just a different identity. Secant is equal to 1/cos. Now, for secant, you are just looking at the cosine line (green). Cosine is positive in the first quadrant and is being divided by one, which is positive, secant will be positive. In the second quadrant, cosine is negative; positive divided by negative is negative. Secant is also negative int bird quadrant because you're dividing by a positive and negative. In the fourth quadrant, secant is positive because it's a positive divided by a positive. Looking at the picture above, you can see that a secant graph resembles positive and negative parabolas.

Secant is equal to 1/cos, so cosine must be undefined. As stated in tangent, cosine is equal to zero at 90º (π/2) and 270º (3π/2). That will be where the asymptotes will be placed.

d) Cosecant?
The identity for cosecant is 1/sine. Therefore, we are just looking at the sine line (red) for now. In the first and second quadrant, cosecant is positive because sine is positive. In the third and fourth quadrant, cosecant is negative because sine is negative. It will look like two parabolas but there are an infinite number because the graph goes on forever.

Since cosecant is 1/sine, sine must equal zero for it to have an asymptote. This is similar to cotangent because sine is equal to zero at 180º (π) and 360º (2π). This is where cosecant must not touch or pass.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

BQ#5: Unit T Concept 1-3 - Graphing All Six Trig Functions

Why do sine and cosine NOT have asymptotes, but the other four trig graphs do? Use unit circle ratios to explain.
Sine and cosine do not have asymptotes because they can't be undefined. In order for a trig function to have an asymptote, it has to be undefined, meaning the denominator has to be zero. Sine is y/r and cosine is x/r. We know from the Unit Circle that the radius (r) is always one; therefore, their denominators can never be undefined.

The other four trig graphs, on the other hand, do have asymptotes. There, however, are restrictions. Cosecant (r/y) and cotangent (x/y) have the same denominator: y. On the unit circle, "y" can be zero at 0º (1,0) and 180º (-1,0). As a result, they can still have asymptotes but they can also have no asymptotes as well. Another example is secant (r/x) and tangent (y/x). They also have the same denominator: x. "X" can be zero at 90º (0,1) and 270º (0,-1). Whenever x is zero, it will have an asymptote. When it's not zero, it won't have asymptotes. These four trig graphs do have asymptotes but there are also times where they don't have asymptotes like sine and cosine.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BQ#2: Unit T Intro - Graphing Sine and Cosine

How do trig graphs relate to the Unit Circle?

  • Trig graphs relate to the Unit Circle, because, if unwrapped, it will be a horizontal line with the four quadrants all laid out in a row.
Period? - Why's the period for sine & cosine 2π, whereas the period for tangent/cotangent is π?

  • The period for sine and cosine is 2π because when looking at sine, it can be positive in quadrants one and two and negative in quadrant three and four. So, if we lay that circle in a straight line it will look like the picture below. The part shaded red is the first quadrant, green is second, orange is third, and blue is fourth. Quadrants one and two are positive so it's shaped as a "hill" and quadrants three and four are negative so it's a "valley". A period is how long the cycle takes to repeat itself, which in this case is 2π. The same goes for cosine because it's positive in quadrants one and four and negative in two and three, you can clearly see it drawn out in the picture below. The two quadrants in the middle are negative and the sides are positive. As you can see, it only shows half of the curve in quadrant 1 and 2, so together it will be a "hill".

    Sine Graph
    Cosine Graph
    ●  The period for tangent and cotangent is π. Let's look at tangent; it's positive in quadrants 1 and 3 and negative in 2 and 4. On a line it will be positive, negative, positive, negative (picture below). The cycle repeats faster because it's positive then negative. It's period is at 180º which is π.

Tangent Graph

Amplitude? - How does the fact that sine and cosine have amplitudes of one relate to what we know about the Unit Circle?
  • Amplitudes are half the distance between the highest and lowest points on the graph. Sine and cosine have amplitudes of one relate to the Unit Circle because they have to be between 1 and -1. This means that the highest and lowest points for either sine or cosine are between 1 and -1; it can't be anything greater. The other trig functions, such as tangent, don't have amplitudes of one because it's ratio is sin/cos. Meaning they don't have a low and high point (you can refer back to the picture above).

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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Reflection#1: Unit Q - Verifying Trig Identities

1. What does it mean to verify a trig identity?
Verifying a trig identity means to prove that one side of the equation is equal to the other side, by using identities, of course. Also, you must remember that you must never touch the right side but just rearrange the left to make it equal to that side. The right side must always remain the same; untouched.

2. What tips and tricks have you found helpful?
A HUGE tip for you would be to memorize the identities! Memorizing the identities would make it so much easier to solve the problems because you won't have to constantly look back on your packet and waste your time searching for the correct identity. Working on practice problems will not only help you memorize the identities but it would also help you on your problem-solving, since there is usually more than one way to solve these kinds of problems. When working on a problem, see if you can change all the trig functions to sine or cosine. If there were fractions in the problem, you can look for the LCD or just multiply by the conjugate, whichever would make it simpler.

3. Explain your thought process and steps you take in verifying a trig identity?
My thought process, first, would be to see if there are any identities I could use that would cancel out with. A light bulb usually turns on when I see a squared trig function because it could be indicating that it's one of the pythagorean identities. If there are fractions, I will see if there's anything that could cancel if I use a certain identity. If not, then I try separating it. Like I said before, I would also try to  look for a LCD or multiply by a conjugate.