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Help me with sine questions

  1. Nov 6, 2006 #1
    Help me with sine questions.. URGENT

    Hi I am trying to solve these and i cant understand them .. please help me

    Q1:: Write an equation for a sine curve that has the following characteristics: - amplitude of 5, -max of 7, min of -3 and one cycle starts at pi/8 and this cycle ends at 9 pi/8

    Q2:the number of hrs of daylight for a particular area is related to the day of the year as follows: D=12 +2.5 sin[2pi/365(t-81)], where D is the number of hours of daylight and t is the day of the year, with t= 1 representing january 1st. find the amplitude, period , phase shift and vertical shift for the equation.
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  3. Nov 7, 2006 #2


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    Any "sin curve" can be written y= A sin(bx+ c)+ D. Since the largest possible value of sine is 1 and the smallest is -1, that will have a largest value of A+ D and smallest of -A+ D. One cycle of sin(x) starts at x= 0 and ends at x= 2[itex]\pi[/itex]. One cycle of sin(bx+ c), then, starts when bx+ c= 0 and ends when bx+ c= 2[itex]\pi[/itex]. Use the information given to find A, b, c, and D.
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