# Precalculus : Graphing the Sine and Cosine Functions

## Example Questions

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### Example Question #2 : Find The Amplitude Of A Sine Or Cosine Function

What is the amplitude of ?

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The formula for the amplitude of a sine function is from the form: .

In our function, .

Therefore, the amplitude for this function is .

### Example Question #3 : Find The Amplitude Of A Sine Or Cosine Function

Find the amplitude of the following trig function: Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

Rewrite so that it is in the form of:  The absolute value of is the value of the amplitude. ### Example Question #4 : Find The Amplitude Of A Sine Or Cosine Function

Find the amplitude of the function. Possible Answers:    Correct answer: Explanation:

For the sine function where the amplitude is given as .

As such the amplitude for the given function is .

### Example Question #5 : Find The Amplitude Of A Sine Or Cosine Function

Which of the given functions has the greatest amplitude?

Possible Answers:     Correct answer: Explanation:

The amplitude of a function is the amount by which the graph of the function travels above and below its midline. When graphing a sine function, the value of the amplitude is equivalent to the value of the coefficient of the sine. Similarly, the coefficient associated with the x-value is related to the function's period. The largest coefficient associated with the sine in the provided functions is 2; therefore the correct answer is .

The amplitude is dictated by the coefficient of the trigonometric function. In this case, all of the other functions have a coefficient of one or one-half.

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