Trigonometry : Determine Vertical Shifts

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Example Questions

Example Question #1 : Determine Vertical Shifts

Let  be a function defined as follows:

 The 4 in the function above affects what attribute of the graph of ?

Possible Answers:

Amplitude

Vertical shift

Period

Phase shift

Correct answer:

Vertical shift

Explanation:

The period of the function is indicated by the coefficient in front of ; here the period is unchanged.

The amplitude of the function is given by the coefficient in front of the ; here the amplitude is -1.

The phase shift is given by the value being added or subtracted inside the function; here the shift is  units to the right.

The only unexamined attribute of the graph is the vertical shift, so 4 is the vertical shift of the graph. A vertical shift of 4 means that the entire graph of the function will be moved up four units (in the positive y-direction).

Example Question #2 : Determine Vertical Shifts

Let  be a function defined as follows:

What is the vertical shift in this function?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The period of the function is indicated by the coefficient in front of ; here the period is unchanged.

The amplitude of the function is given by the coefficient in front of the ; here the amplitude is 3.

The phase shift is given by the value being added or subtracted inside the cosine function; here the shift is  units to the right.

The only unexamined attribute of the graph is the vertical shift, so -3 is the vertical shift of the graph. A vertical shift of -3 means that the entire graph of the function will be moved down three units (in the negative y-direction).

Example Question #121 : Trigonometric Functions And Graphs

The graph below shows a translated sine function. Which of the following functions could be shown by this graph?

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

A normal  graph has its y-intercept at . This graph has its y-intercept at . Therefore, the graph was shifted down three units. Therefore the function of this graph is .

Example Question #122 : Trigonometric Functions And Graphs

This graph shows a translated cosine function. Which of the following could be the equation of this graph?

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The correct answer is . There are no sign changes with vertical shifts; in other words, when the function includes , it directly translates to moving up three units. If you thought the answer was , you may have spotted the y-intercept at  and jumped to this answer. However, recall that the y-intercept of a regular  function is at the point . Beginning at  and ending at  corresponds to a vertical shift of 3 units. 

Example Question #5 : Determine Vertical Shifts

Consider the function .  What is the vertical shift of this function?

Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

The general form for the secant transformation equation is .   represents the phase shift of the function.  When considering  we see that , so our vertical shift is  and we would shift this function  units up from the original secant function’s graph.

 

 

Example Question #6 : Determine Vertical Shifts

Which of the following is the graph of  with a vertical shift of ?

Possible Answers:

 3secx 3

Secx

Secx 3

3secx 3

Secx  3

Correct answer:

Secx  3

Explanation:

The graph of  with a vertical shift of  is shown below. This can also be expressed as .

Secx  3

Here is a graph that shows both  and , so that you can see the "before" and "after." The original function is in blue and the translated function is in purple.

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The graphs of the incorrect answer choices are  (no vertical shift applied),  (shifted upwards instead of downwards),  (amplitude modified, and shifted upwards instead of downwards), and  (shifted downwards 3 units, but this is not the correct original graph of simply  since the amplitude was modified.)

Example Question #7 : Determine Vertical Shifts

Which of the following graphs shows one of the original six trigonometric functions with a vertical shift of  applied?

Possible Answers:

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

We are looking for an answer choice that has one of the six trigonometric functions, as well as that function shifted up 3 units. The only answer choice that displays that is this graph of  (purple) and  (blue).

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The incorrect answers depict  and  and , and  and .

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