Trigonometry : Graphing Secant and Cosecant

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Example Question #1 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Give the equation of the following graph.

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

Looking at our graph, we can tell that the period is .  Using the formula 

 where  is the coefficient of  and  is the period, we can calculate 

This eliminates one answer choice.  We then retrun to our graph and see that the amplitude is 3.  Remembering that the amplitude is the number in front of the function, we can eliminate two more choices.

We then examine our graph and realize it contains the point .  Plugging 0 into our two remaining choices, we can determine which one gives us 4 for a result.

Example Question #2 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

This is the graph of what function of x?

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Possible Answers:

Correct answer:

Explanation:

 is shown in red, and  is shown in blue.

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Example Question #3 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Which of the following is the graph of ?

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

 In order to graph , recall that .  First consider the graph .

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Now anywhere this graph crosses the x-axis a vertical asymptote will form for the  graph because the denominator of  will be equal to zero and the function will be undefined.  At each maximum and minimum of , the graph of  will invert at that point.

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And then we are left with the graph of  .

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Example Question #2 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Considering the general form of the cosecant transformation function , what does each letter, (A, B, C, and D) correspond to?

Possible Answers:

A = Amplitude ,  Period , C = Vertical Shift, D = Phase Shift

A = Amplitude , B = Period , C = Phase Shift, D = Vertical Shift

A = Amplitude ,  Period , C = Phase Shift, D = Vertical Shift

A = Phase Shift , B = Period , C = Amplitude, D = Vertical Shift

Correct answer:

A = Amplitude ,  Period , C = Phase Shift, D = Vertical Shift

Explanation:

Since cosecant is a reciprocal of sine, it uses the same general formula of the sine function with the letters corresponding to the same transformations.  Note that while A does correspond to amplitude, the cosecant function extends infinitely upwards and downwards so there is no amplitude for the graphs.

Example Question #5 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Which of the following is the graph of ?

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

Knowing that the graph of  is

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we can use the general form of the cosecant transformation equation, , and apply these transformations.  We can ignore  because in this case .  In this case  and so our period is: 

Period = 

Period = 

Period = 

 is the normal period for cosecant graphs and so we do not have to worry about lengthening or shortening the period.   and so we need to apply a phase shift of .  This will cause our graph to shift left a total of  units.

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Lastly, we must apply the transformation for , so we will have an upward vertical shift of 1 unit.

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The application of these transformations leaves us with our graph of 

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Example Question #6 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Which of the following is the graph for ?

Possible Answers:

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

 In order to understand the graph of secant, recall that .  First consider the graph of .

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Anywhere this graph crosses the x-axis a vertical asymptote will form for the  graph because the denominator of  will be equal to zero and the function will be undefined.  At each maximum and minimum of , the graph of  will invert at that point.

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And then we are left with the graph 

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Example Question #2 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

True or False: Amplitude must be considered when graphing the transformation of a secant graph.

Possible Answers:

False

True 

Correct answer:

True 

Explanation:

When looking at the graph of , it extends infinitely upwards and downwards from each local maximum and minimum.  This will be true for all transformed secant graphs as well.  Due to this, there is no amplitude for secant graphs.  However, secant is the reciprocal of cosine graphs which do rely on amplitude for transformations.  For this reason amplitude must be considered as a vertical shift.

Example Question #8 : Graphing Secant And Cosecant

Which of the following is the graph of ?

Possible Answers:

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Correct answer:

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Explanation:

Knowing that the general form of the graph  is:

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We can use the general form of the cosecant transformation equation, , and apply these transformations.   because secant graphs extend infinitely upwards and downwards and does not have an amplitude, we must think of the secant graph being a reciprocal of the cosine graph.  So we will consider  for cosine.

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We will shift our secant graph to invert at the maximums and minimums of the cosine graph.

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Next, we will factor  in order to get our equation into the form .

And so .  We can now solve for our period,

Period = 

Period = 

Period = 

This shortens our original period of  to .

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Now we must consider .  This will give us a phase shift of  units to the left.  Since our period has also been shortened this does not change the graph visually. in this case so we do not need to consider a vertical shift.

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And we are left with the graph of .

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