# Graph sine and cosine functions

The sketching of the sine and
cosine
functions of the form

## Graphing Parameters

Amplitude = |a|Period = 2π/|k|

Horizontal Shift (translation) = d , to the left if (- d) is positive and to the right if (- d) is negative.

Vertical Shift (translation) = c , up if c is positive and down if c is negative.

## Unit Circle

In order to sketch transformed sine and cosine functions, we need to know how to sketch basic sine and cosine functions. The unit circle (radius = 1) gives the values of sin(x) and cos(x) at 5 key points which can be used to graph more complex sine and cosine functions. The coordinates of any point on the unit circle gives the cosine and sine of the angle in standard position corresponding to that point.## Examples

to the rotation of 0 corresponds the point (1,0) = (cos(0),sin(0))to the rotation of π/2 (or 90°) corresponds the point (0,1) = (cos(π/2),sin(π/2))

to the rotation of π (or 180°) corresponds the point (-1,0) = (cos(π),sin(π))

to the rotation of 3π/2 (or 270°) corresponds the point (0,-1) = (cos(3π/2), sin(3π/2))

to the rotation of 2 π (or 360°) corresponds the point (1,0) = (cos(2π),sin(2π)) as shown below .

### Example 1

Sketch the graph of y = 2 cos(x) + 1 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |2| = 2

Period = 2π

Vertical Shift (translation) = 1 , up 1 unit.

Horizontal Shift (translation) = 0

We start by skeching y = cos(x) using the values of x and y from the unit circle (blue graph below).

x = 0 | π/2 | π | 3π/2 | 2π |

y = 1 | 0 | -1 | 0 | 1 |

We then sketch y = 2 cos(x) streching y = cos(x) by 2 (green graph below) and finally y = 2 cos(x) + 1 by shifting up 1 unit (red graph below).

### Example 2

Sketch the graph of y = - 2 sin(x) - 1 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |-2| = 2

Period = 2π

Vertical Shift (translation) = - 1 , down 1 unit.

Horizontal Shift (translation) = 0

We start by skeching y = sin(x) using the values of x and y from the unit circle (blue graph below).

x = 0 | π/2 | π | 3π/2 | 2π |

y = 0 | 1 | 0 | - 1 | 0 |

We then sketch y = - 2 sin(x) streching y = sin(x) by 2 and reflecting it on the x-axis(green graph below) and finally y = - 2 sin(x) - 1 by shifting down 1 unit (red graph below).

### Example 3

Sketch the graph of y = 3 cos(2 x + π/3) - 1 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |3| = 3

Period = 2π/2 = π

Vertical Shift (translation) = - 1 , down 1 unit.

Horizontal Shift: Because of the term π/3, the graph is shifted horizontally. We first rewrite the given function as: y = 3 cos [ 2( x + π/6)] - 1 and we can now write the shift as being equal to π/6 to the left.

We start by skeching 3 cos(2 x) with minimum and maximum values - 3 and + 3 over one period = π (blue graph below).

We then sketch y = 3 cos(2 x) - 1 translating the previous graph 1 unit down (green graph below). We now shift the previous graph π/6 to the left (red graph below) so that the sketched period starts at - π/6 and ends at - π/6 + π = 5π/6 which is one period = π.

### Example 4

Sketch the graph of y = - 0.2 sin(0.5 x - π/6) + 0.1 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |- 0.2| = 0.2

Period = 2π/0.5 = 4π

Vertical Shift (translation) = 0.1 , up 0.1 unit.

Horizontal Shift: Because of the term - π/6, the graph is shifted horizontally. We first rewrite the given function as: y = - 0.2 cos [ 0.5( x - π/3)] + 0.1 and we can now write the shift as being equal to π/3 to the right.

We start by skeching - 0.2 sin(0.5 x) with minimum and maximum values - 0.2 and + - 0.2 over one period = 4 π (blue graph below).

We then sketch y = - 0.2 sin(0.5 x) + 0.1 translating the previous graph 0.1 unit up (green graph below). We then shift the previous graph π/3 to the right (red graph below) so that the sketched period starts at π/3 and ends at π/3 + 4π which is one period = 4π.

### Example 5

Sketch the graph of y = 2 cos(2 x - 60°) - 2 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |2| = 2

Vertical Shift (translation) = - 2 , down 2 units.

Period = 360/2 = 180°

Horizontal Shift: Because of the term - 60°, the graph is shifted horizontally. We first rewrite the given function as:y = 2 cos[2( x - 30°)] - 2 and we can now write the shift as being equal to 30° to the right.

We start by skeching y = 2 cos(2 x) with minimum and maximum values - 2 and + 2 over one period = 180° (blue graph below).

We then sketch y = 2 cos(2 x) - 2 translating the previous graph 2 units down (green graph below). We then shift the previous graph 30° to the right (red graph below) so that the sketched period starts at 30° and ends at 30° + 180° = 210° which is one period = 180°.

### Example 6

Sketch the graph of y = - 2 sin(x/3 + π/3) - 1 over one period.__Solution__

__Graphing Parameters__

Amplitude = |- 2| = 2

Period = 2π/(1/3) = 6π

Vertical Shift (translation) = - 1 , down 1 unit.

Horizontal Shift: Because of the term π/3, the graph is shifted horizontally. We first rewrite the given function as: y = - 2 sin[(1/3)(x + π)] - 1 and we can now write the shift as being equal to π to the left.

We start by skeching - 2 sin(x/3) with minimum and maximum values - 2 and + 2 over one period = 6 π (blue graph below).

We then sketch y = - 2 sin(x/3) - 1 translating the previous graph 1 unit down (green graph below). We then shift the previous graph π to the left (red graph below) so that the sketched period starts at -π and ends at 5π which is one period = 6π.

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