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This lesson will introduce the transformations of the graphs of the sine, cosine, and tangent function. These trigonometric functions will be used to model the movement of a variety of attractions in an amusement park. Their transformations will be determined by comparing the parameters of the function rules with their parent functions.

Catch-Up and Review

Here are a few recommended readings before getting started with this lesson.
Topics Related to Transformations of Functions

Topics Related to Trigonometric Functions

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Stretching and Shrinking a Graph

The graphs of sine, cosine, and tangent functions are shown in the following applet. Investigate how their graphs are transformed as the values and change.
graphs of y=asin(bx), y=acos(bx), y=atan(bx) where a and b change
Think about the following questions!
  • How is each graph transformed as the value of changes?
  • How is each graph transformed as the value of changes?
Discussion

Stretching and Shrinking Trigonometric Functions

Like other functions, the parent functions of sine, cosine, and tangent can be transformed. The graphs of and represent stretch or shrink transformations of their parent functions.

Vertical Shrink or Stretch

The graph of a parent trigonometric function can be vertically stretched or shrunk by multiplying the function rule by a constant, positive number If the function will be stretched. Conversely, the function will be shrunk if

Vertical Stretch or Shrink
Parent Function

Stretch parent function vertically
by a factor of

Shrink parent function vertically
by a factor of

Stretch parent function vertically
by a factor of

Shrink parent function vertically
by a factor of

Stretch parent function vertically
by a factor of

Shrink parent function vertically
by a factor of
Examine how the sine and cosine graphs change when the factor changes.
Vertical stretch or shrink by changing the value of $a$ for sine and cosine functions
As shown, the factor affects the amplitudes of the graphs of sine and cosine functions. Therefore, the range of these functions also changes based on this value. Still, the intercepts — the zeros of the functions — do not change. Since the tangent function does not have an amplitude, its graph will be examined separately.
vertical shrink and stretch of tangent function graph
As shown, when the tangent function is multiplied by a number greater than the function gets steeper. When the function is multiplied by a number between and it gets flatter. However, the intercepts of the tangent function do not change.

Horizontal Shrink or Stretch

The graph of a trigonometric function can be horizontally stretched or shrunk by multiplying the input of the function by a positive number If the graph shrinks horizontally by a factor of Conversely, if the graph stretch horizontally by a factor of

Horizontal Stretch or Shrink
Parent Function

Stretch parent function horizontally
by a factor of

Shrink parent function horizontally
by a factor of

Stretch parent function horizontally
by a factor of

Shrink parent function horizontally
by a factor of

Stretch parent function horizontally
by a factor of

Shrink parent function horizontally
by a factor of
Examine the following applet to see how the graphs are affected as the value of changes.
horizontal stretch and shrink of the trigonometric functions
As shown, the value of affects the period of the graph. Recall that the number of cycles in a interval represents the period of the graph and is found by the formula Therefore, the number of cycles in a interval increases as the value of increases, and it decreases as the value of decreases.
Example

Ferris Wheel

Dominika and her best friend Paulina go to an amusement park to have fun after school. They first decide to ride on the Ferris wheel.
ferris wheel
The following sine function models the height in meters of their seat above the ground after the time in seconds.
a Identify the amplitude and period of this function. Round the answer to one decimal place if necessary.
b Identify the transformations done on the parent sine function and then graph the given function.

Answer

a Amplitude:
Period:
b Transformations: A vertical stretch by a factor of and a horizontal stretch by a factor of of the graph of the parent sine function.

Graph:

graph of $h=20\sin(0.16t)$

Hint

a In a function in the form represents the amplitude and the period is given by
b Identify the value of to see if the function was vertically transformed. Then look at the value of to see if a horizontal transformation was applied.

Solution

a Notice that the given function is in the form of
In this form, represents the amplitude and represents the period of the function. With this in mind, start by identifying the amplitude.
The amplitude of the function is meters. In the context of this problem, the amplitude represents the radius of the Ferris wheel. Now, find the period of the graph by substituting into the period formula.
The period of the graph is about seconds. Notice that the approximate value can also be seen in the time bar of the graph because every seat returns to its initial place after about seconds.
b To graph the function, the types of the transformations applied to the parent sine function should be identified.
Note that the variables need to be changed from to The axis names of the coordinate plane also need to be changed. Consider the table to review what the values of and represent.
Transformations of to
Vertical Stretch or Shrink
Horizontal Stretch or Shrink
In the given function rule, the value of is greater than which represents a vertical stretch by a factor of The value of is less than and greater than which represents a horizontal stretch by a factor of This information can be used to transform the graph of the parent sine function to
the graphs of the functions $h=\sin t,$ $h=\sin (0.16t),$ and $h=20\sin (0.16t)$
Example

Townscape

After going on the Ferris wheel, Dominika and Paulina go up to the big red triangular tower to see the townscape from the viewing deck.

A red tower with two girl figures on its balcony in a green field
Paulina wonders how to find the height of the tower. Dominika says that the height in meters, of a tower like this one can be modeled by the following tangent function, where is the angle indicated.
a Identify the amplitude, period, and asymptotes of the tangent function that represents the height of the towers. Round the answer to one decimal place if necessary.
b Apply the appropriate transformations to the parent tangent function to graph the given function.
c Find the height of the tower if Round the answer to two decimal places.

Answer

a Amplitude: No amplitude

Period:

Asymptotes: Odd multiples of
b Graph:
graph of the function Y=10 \tan(1.5 \theta)
c meters

Hint

a Recall the formulas for the period and asymptotes of a tangent function written in the form
b What do the values of and represent?
c Substitute the given angle into the given tangent function.

Solution

a The amplitude, period, and asymptotes of the given tangent function will be identified one at a time. Start by identifying whether the tangent function is given in the form
Remember that a tangent function has no amplitude because it has no maximum and minimum values. Now recall the formulas for the period and asymptotes of a tangent function.
Period
Asymptotes
Next, substitute into the corresponding formulas to identify the period and asymptotes.
The period of the function is Recall that the period is the distance between any two consecutive vertical asymptotes. Since there is no translation, the branch that passes through the origin has one asymptotes at and the other at units in the negative direction.
The second asymptote of this branch is located at The next asymptotes can be found by moving units to the left or right.
In other words, the asymptotes can be located at the odd multiples of
b To graph the given tangent function, recall what the values of and represent for
Transformations of to
Vertical Stretch or Shrink
Horizontal Stretch or Shrink
According to the table, since is greater than it represents a vertical stretch. Additionally, because is also greater than it represents a horizontal shrink. With this in mind, the graph of the function will be plotted as a transformation of the parent tangent function by considering its period and asymptotes.
parent tangent function and streched tangent function by a factor $20$
The graph of the function is a vertical stretch by a factor and a horizontal stretch by a factor of of the graph of parent tangent function.
b This time the height of the tower will be found for the given angle To do so, will be substituted into the given tangent function, which will then be solved for
The red tower is about meters tall if
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Translating a Trigonometric Function Graph

Observe how the graphs of sine, cosine, or tangent functions are translated horizontally and vertically by changing the values of and
translations of sine, cosine, and tangent functions
Consider the following questions!
  • How does each graph change when the value of changes?
  • How does each graph change when the value of changes?
Discussion

Translations of Trigonometric Functions

Trigonometric functions can be translated vertically or horizontally like the other functions. Next, these translations will be examined one at a time.

Vertical Translation

Let be a parent trigonometric function. Then, will translate the parent function vertically. If then the graph moves units up. However, if then the graph moves units down.

Vertical Translations
Parent Function

Translation units up

Translation units down

Translation units up

Translation units down

Translation units up

Translation units down
Examine the following applet to see how the graphs of the trigonometric functions change when the value of changes.
vertical translation of trigonometric functions
Notice that the periods and amplitudes of the functions do not change, but the midlines of all the functions are also translated up or down units.

Horizontal Translation, or Phase Shift

A horizontal translation of a periodic function is called a phase shift. The graph of represents a horizontal translation of by units. For example, consider the parent functions of sine, cosine, and tangent functions. If the parent trigonometric function will be shifted to the right units, while if the function will be shifted to the right units.

Horizontal Translations
Parent Function

Translation units to the right

Translation units to the left

Translation units to the right

Translation units to the left

Translation units to the right

Translation units to the left
Examine the following trigonometric function graphs to see how they are horizontally translated as the value of changes.
horizontal translations ıf the graphs sine,cosine, and tangent functions
Notice that the periods, amplitudes, and midlines of the graphs stay the same but the intercepts change according to the value of
Example

Carousel

Now Dominika and Paulina are waiting to ride the carousel in the amusement park. The girls enjoy the up and down movement of wooden horses.

the figure of carousel with five riding horses
Paulina thinks that the movement of a rider on a horse looks like a cosine function. While talking to the operator of the ride, the girls learn that each horse has a special route. They choose horses whose routes can be represented by the following functions.
a Identify the amplitude and period of the function that represents the route of Paulina's horse.
b Select the translations which should be applied to the parent cosine function in order to get the function that represents the route of Paulina's horse.
c Which of the following is the graph of
Some trigonometric function graphs

Hint

a In a function in the form the amplitude is given by and the period by
b What do the values of and represent?
c Translate the parent function using the values of and to draw the graph of the given function.

Solution

a Start by recalling how to identify the amplitude and period of a cosine function in the case that it is written in the form
Using this information, rewrite the given functions to identify the values of and
Write in the Form Amplitude: Period:
The functions have an amplitude of and a period of each.
b In a function in the form represents a horizontal translation and a vertical translation. To identify the transformations applied to the parent cosine function, consider the rewritten form of the function representing the route of Paulina's horse.
Note that and Because the parent function has been translated units to the Next, since the graph has been translated unit
c Now the parent cosine function will be translated units to the and unit to get the function
translation of parent cosine function pi units to the left and 1 unit down.
Example

Roller Coaster

After riding on the carousel, Dominika and Paulina are looking for something more exciting when they hear the screams coming from the roller coaster. They watch the roller coaster for a while, then see the section where people are most excited and scream the loudest.

a section of a roller coaster
The track in this section is quite steep. The girls do some quick math and determine that the path of the roller coaster can be modeled by the following tangent function.
a Identify the period and asymptotes of the given function that represents the most exciting section of the roller coaster.
b Select the translations to apply to the parent tangent function in order to get the function that represents the most exciting section of the roller coaster.
c Which of the following is the graph of
Some trigonometric function graph options

Hint

a What are the formulas for the period and asymptote of a tangent function?
b Write the given function rule in the form
c Translate the parent function using the values of and found in the previous part.

Solution

a Begin by writing the function in the form Then match the variables with their corresponding values to identify the period and asymptotes of the given function.
Now recall the formulas for the period and asymptotes of a tangent function.
Since substitute this value into the formulas.
The period of the given tangent function is and its asymptotes are at the odd multiples of
b Consider the revised form of the function written in Part A.
Here, and represent the horizontal and vertical translations, respectively. Consider the following table to review how these values translate the parent tangent function.
Translations of to
Vertical Translation
Horizontal Translation

From the table, it can be concluded that the function results from shifting the parent tangent function units to the right and unit up.

c Now the given function will be graphed as a translation of the parent tangent function units to the right and unit up. Recall that the tangent function has no amplitude because it has no maximum and minimum values. Use the period and asymptotes at odd multiples of to graph the given function.
translation of the parent tangent function
Graph matches this graph, so Graph is the correct answer.
Example

Math Game

After the roller coaster, Dominika and Paulina decided to take a rest. They see a math game where each winner is awarded a teddy bear and think that it may be fun to take a look at the question.

question text
Dominika and Paulina join the game individually and each give different answers to the question.
Answers of Paulina and Dominika
Which girl will win a teddy bear?

Hint

Identify the parent function and apply one transformation at a time.

Solution

To find the correct function rule to win the game, start by recalling the general form of a transformed sine function.
Now, recall what the variables and represent.
Transformations of
Vertical Stretch or Shrink
Horizontal Stretch or Shrink
Vertical Translation
Horizontal Translation
Since the parent sine function is stretched vertically by a factor of the value of is A horizontal stretch by a factor of means that the value of is A translation units implies that Finally, a translation units to the means that
Now, substitute all these values into the general form of a sine function and simplify it!
This function rule is the same as Dominika's answer. The graphs of the parent sine function and transformed function are shown below for further exploration.
graphs of parent sine function and its transformation
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Reflections of Parent Trigonometric Functions

Examine the following graph pairs of sine, cosine, and tangent functions in the applet.
graph pairs of sine,cosine, and tangent
Discussion

Reflecting Trigonometric Functions

Trigonometric functions can be reflected across the line called a line of reflection. This reflection can be achieved in two ways, by multiplying the function rule by or by multiplying the inputs by Consider some parent trigonometric functions.
When the function rule is multiplied by the graph of the function is flipped over the axis because the coordinate of each point is changed to its additive inverse.
reflection in the x-axis
Recall that the graphs of the functions and represent a stretch or a shrink by a factor In the case that the graphs represent both a stretch or a shrink by a factor of and a reflection due to the negative sign. Now consider the second case.
In this case, since every input is multiplied by the coordinate of each point is changed to its additive inverse and the graphs are flipped over the axis.
reflection in the y-axis
Note that for transformed trigonometric functions, the line of reflection becomes the midline, or for the following trigonometric functions.
Example

Let's Meet Again

Dominika and Paulina have had fun during the day in the amusement park. They decide to come again together next week. To choose an appropriate day, they check the weather for the next two weeks.

Weather
a Write a sine function to model the temperature for the next two weeks.
b Explain the types of transformations applied to the parent sine function to get the function written in Part A.