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3.8 Transformations of Trigonometric Functions

Transformations with Sine and Cosine Graphs

  • We can see that the graph of y=\cos x can simply be obtained by y=\sin x shifted \frac{\pi}{2} to the left. This is a translation, and the identity is not unfamiliar to us: \sin x=\cos \left(x-\frac{\pi}{2}\right).
  • Now we shall look at graphs of simple transformations of these graphs. We shall start with y=a \sin (n t) and y=b \cos (n t). Naturally, n would be a dilation from the y-axis, and a (and b) is a dilation from the x-axis. The mechanism is similar, and is explained in A1 – Functions and Graphs/Relationship of Transformations . Here we will only provide a few simple examples.
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