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6.E: Periodic Functions (Exercises)

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    6.1: Graphs of the Sine and Cosine Functions

    In the chapter on Trigonometric Functions, we examined trigonometric functions such as the sine function. In this section, we will interpret and create graphs of sine and cosine functions

    Verbal

    1) Why are the sine and cosine functions called periodic functions?

    Answer

    The sine and cosine functions have the property that \(f(x+P)=f(x)\) for a certain \(P\). This means that the function values repeat for every \(P\) units on the \(x\)-axis.

    2) How does the graph of \(y=\sin x\) compare with the graph of \(y=\cos x\)? Explain how you could horizontally translate the graph of \(y=\sin x\) to obtain \(y=\cos x\).

    3) For the equation \(A \cos(Bx+C)+D\), what constants affect the range of the function and how do they affect the range?

    Answer

    The absolute value of the constant \(A\) (amplitude) increases the total range and the constant \(D\) (vertical shift) shifts the graph vertically.

    4) How does the range of a translated sine function relate to the equation \(y=A \sin(Bx+C)+D\)?

    5) How can the unit circle be used to construct the graph of \(f(t)=\sin t\)?

    Answer

    At the point where the terminal side of \(t\) intersects the unit circle, you can determine that the \(\sin t\) equals the \(y\)-coordinate of the point.

    Graphical

    For the following exercises, graph two full periods of each function and state the amplitude, period, and midline. State the maximum and minimum \(y\)-values and their corresponding \(x\)-values on one period for \(x>0\). Round answers to two decimal places if necessary.

    6) \(f(x)=2\sin x\)

    7) \(f(x)=\dfrac{2}{3}\cos x\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.1.7.png

    amplitude: \(\dfrac{2}{3}\);period: \(2\pi \);midline: \(y=0\);maximum: \(y=\dfrac{2}{3}\) occurs at \(x=0\);minimum: \(y=-\dfrac{2}{3}\) occurs at \(x=\pi \);for one period, the graph starts at \(0\) and ends at \(2\pi \).

    8) \(f(x)=-3\sin x\)

    9) \(f(x)=4\sin x\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.1.9.png

    amplitude: \(4\); period: \(2\pi \);midline: \(y=0\);maximum \(y=4\) occurs at \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{2}\);minimum: \(y=-4\) occurs at \(x=\dfrac{3\pi }{2}\);one full period occurs from \(x=0\) to \(x=2\pi\)

    10) \(f(x)=2\cos x\)

    11) \(f(x)=\cos (2x)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.1.11.png

    amplitude: \(1\); period: \(\pi\);midline:

    12) \(f(x)=2 \sin \left(\dfrac{1}{2}x\right)\)

    13) \(f(x)=4 \cos(\pi x)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.1.13.png

    amplitude: \(4\); period: \(2\); midline: \(y=0\);maximum: \(y=4\) occurs at \(x=0\);minimum: \(y=-4\) occurs at \(x=1\)

    14) \(f(x)=3 \cos\left(\dfrac{6}{5}x\right)\)

    15) \(y=3 \sin(8(x+4))+5\)

    Answer

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    amplitude: \(3\); period: \(\dfrac{\pi }{2}\); midline: \(y=5\); maximum: \(y=8\) occurs at \(x=0.12\); minimum: \(y=2\) occurs at \(x=0.516\); horizontal shift: \(-4\); vertical translation \(5\); one period occurs from \(x=0\) to \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{4}\)

    16) \(y=2 \sin(3x-21)+4\)

    17) \(y=5 \sin(5x+20)-2\)

    Answer

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_212.jpg

    amplitude: \(5\); period:\(\dfrac{2\pi }{5}\); midline: \(y=-2\); maximum: \(y=3\) occurs at \(x=0.08\); minimum: \(y=-7\) occurs at \(x=0.71\); phase shift: \(-4\); vertical translation: \(-2\); one full period can be graphed on \(x=0\) to\(x=\dfrac{2\pi }{5}\)

    For the following exercises, graph one full period of each function, starting at \(x=0\). For each function, state the amplitude, period, and midline. State the maximum and minimum \(y\)-values and their corresponding \(x\)-values on one period for \(x>0\). State the phase shift and vertical translation, if applicable. Round answers to two decimal places if necessary.

    18) \(f(t)=2\sin \left(t-\dfrac{5\pi}{6} \right)\)

    19) \(f(t)=-\cos \left(t+\dfrac{\pi}{3} \right)+1\)

    Answer

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    amplitude: \(1\); period: \(2\pi \); midline: \(y=1\); maximum: \(y=2\) occurs at \(x=2.09\); maximum: \(y=2\) occurs at \(t=2.09\); minimum: \(y=0\) occurs at \(t=5.24\); phase shift: \(-\dfrac{\pi}{3}\); vertical translation: \(1\); one full period is from \(t=0\) to \(t=2\pi\)

    20) \(f(t)=4\cos \left(2\left (t+\dfrac{\pi}{4} \right ) \right)-3\)

    21) \(f(t)=-\sin \left (\dfrac{1}{2}t+\dfrac{5\pi}{3} \right )\)

    Answer

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    amplitude: \(1\); period: \(4\pi\); midline: \(y=0\); maximum: \(y=1\) occurs at \(t=11.52\); minimum: \(y=-1\) occurs at \(t=5.24\); phase shift: \(-\dfrac{10\pi}{3}\); vertical shift: \(0\)

    22) \(f(x)=4\sin \left (\dfrac{\pi}{2}(x-3) \right )+7\)

    23) Determine the amplitude, midline, period, and an equation involving the sine function for the graph shown in Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_218.jpg

    Answer

    amplitude: \(2\); midline: \(y=-3\); period: \(4\); equation: \(f(x)=2\sin \left (\dfrac{\pi}{2}x \right )-3\)

    24) Determine the amplitude, period, midline, and an equation involving cosine for the graph shown in the Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_219.jpg
    Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_220.jpg

    Answer

    amplitude: \(2\); period: \(5\); midline: \(y=3\); equation: \(f(x)=-2\cos \left (\dfrac{2\pi}{5}x \right )+3\)

    26) Determine the amplitude, period, midline, and an equation involving sine for the graph shown in the Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_221.jpg
    Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_222.jpg

    Answer

    amplitude: \(4\); period: \(2\); midline: \(y=0\); equation: \(f(x)=-4\cos \left (\pi \left (x-\dfrac{\pi}{2} \right ) \right )\)

    28) Determine the amplitude, period, midline, and an equation involving sine for the graph shown in the Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_223.jpg
    Figure below.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_224.jpg

    Answer

    amplitude: \(2\); period: \(2\); midline \(y=1\); equation: \(f(x)=2\cos \left (\pi x \right )+1\)

    30) Determine the amplitude, period, midline, and an equation involving sine for the graph shown in the Figure below.

    Algebraic

    For the following exercises, let \(f(x)=\sin x \).

    31) On \([0,2\pi )\), solve \(f(x)=0\).

    32) On \([0,2\pi )\) , solve \(f(x)=\dfrac{1}{2}\).

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{6}\), \(\dfrac{5\pi }{6}\)

    33) Evaluate \(f \left( \dfrac{\pi }{2} \right) \).

    34) On \([0,2\pi)\), \(f(x)=\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{4}\), \(\dfrac{3\pi }{4}\)

    35) On \([0,2\pi )\), the maximum value(s) of the function occur(s) at what \(x\)-value(s)?

    36) On \([0,2\pi )\), the minimum value(s) of the function occur(s) at what \(x\)-value(s)?

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{3\pi }{2}\)

    37) Show that \(f(-x) = -f(x)\). This means that \(f(x)=\sin x\) is an odd function and possesses symmetry with respect to ________________.

    For the following exercises, let \(f(x)=\cos x\)

    38) On \([0,2\pi )\), solve the equation \(f(x)=\cos x=0\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{2}\), \(\dfrac{3\pi }{2}\)

    39) On \([0,2\pi )\), solve \(f(x)=\dfrac{1}{2}\).

    40) On \([0,2\pi )\), find the \(x\)-intercepts of \(f(x)=\cos x\).

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{2}\), \(\dfrac{3\pi }{2}\)

    41) On \([0,2\pi )\), find the \(x\)-values at which the function has a maximum or minimum value.

    42) On \([0,2\pi )\), solve the equation \(f(x)=\dfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2}\).

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{6}\), \(\dfrac{11\pi }{6}\)

    Technology

    43) Graph \(h(x)=x+\sin x\) on \([0,2\pi ]\). Explain why the graph appears as it does.

    44) Graph \(h(x)=x+\sin x\) on \([-100,100]\). Did the graph appear as predicted in the previous exercise?

    Answer

    The graph appears linear. The linear functions dominate the shape of the graph for large values of \(x\).

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_227.jpg

    45) Graph \(f(x)=x\sin x\) on \([0,2\pi ]\) and verbalize how the graph varies from the graph of \(f(x)=x\sin x\).

    46) Graph \(f(x)=x\sin x\) on the window \([-10,10]\) and explain what the graph shows.

    Answer

    The graph is symmetric with respect to the \(y\)-axis and there is no amplitude because the function is not periodic.

    CNX_Precalc_Figure_06_01_229.jpg

    47) Graph \(f(x)=\dfrac{\sin x}{x}\) on the window \([-5\pi , 5\pi ]\) and explain what the graph shows.

    Real-World Applications

    48) A Ferris wheel is \(25\) meters in diameter and boarded from a platform that is \(1\) meter above the ground. The six o’clock position on the Ferris wheel is level with the loading platform. The wheel completes \(1\) full revolution in \(10\) minutes. The function \(h(t)\) gives a person’s height in meters above the ground \(t\) minutes after the wheel begins to turn.

    1. Find the amplitude, midline, and period of \(h(t)\).
    2. Find a formula for the height function \(h(t)\).
    3. How high off the ground is a person after \(5\) minutes?
    Answer
    1. Amplitude: \(12.5\); period: \(10\); midline: \(y=13.5\)
    2. \(h(t)=12.5\sin\left ( \dfrac{\pi}{5}(t-2.5) \right )+13.5\)
    3. \(26\) ft

    6.2: Graphs of the Other Trigonometric Functions

    This section addresses the graphing of the Tangent, Cosecant, Secant, and Cotangent curves.

    Verbal

    1) Explain how the graph of the sine function can be used to graph \(y=\csc x\).

    Answer

    Since \(y=\csc x\) is the reciprocal function of \(y=\sin x\),you can plot the reciprocal of the coordinates on the graph of \(y=\sin x\) obtain the \(y\)-coordinates of \(y=\csc x\).The \(x\)-intercepts of the graph \(y=\sin x\) are the vertical asymptotes for the graph of \(y=\csc x\).

    2) How can the graph of \(y=\cos x\) be used to construct the graph of \(y=\sec x\)?

    3) Explain why the period of \(y=\tan x\) is equal to \(\pi \).

    Answer

    Answers will vary. Using the unit circle, one can show that \(y=\tan (x+\pi )=\tan x\).

    4) Why are there no intercepts on the graph of \(y=\csc x\)?

    5) How does the period of \(y=\csc x\) compare with the period of \(y=\sin x\)?

    Answer

    The period is the same: \(2\pi \)

    Algebraic

    For the exercises 6-9, match each trigonometric function with one of the following graphs.

    Ex 6.2.6a.png Ex 6.2.6b.png

    Ex 6.2.6c.png Ex 6.2.6d.png

    6) \(f(x)=\tan x\)

    7) \(f(x)=\sec x\)

    Answer

    \(\mathrm{IV}\)

    8) \(f(x)=\csc x\)

    9) \(f(x)=\cot x\)

    Answer

    \(\mathrm{III}\)

    For the exercises 10-16, find the period and horizontal shift of each of the functions.

    10) \(f(x)=2\tan(4x-32)\)

    11) \(h(x)=2\sec\left(\dfrac{\pi }{4}(x+1) \right)\)

    Answer

    period: \(8\); horizontal shift: \(1\) unit to left

    12) \(m(x)=6\csc\left(\dfrac{\pi }{3}x+\pi \right)\)

    13) If \(\tan x=-1.5\),find \(\tan (-x)\).

    Answer

    \(1.5\)

    14) If \(\sec x=2\) ,   find \(\sec (-x)\).

    15) If \(\csc x=-5\) ,   find \(\csc (-x)\).

    Answer

    \(5\)

    16) If \(x\sin x=2\) ,   find \((-x)\sin (-x)\).

    For the exercises 17-18, rewrite each expression such that the argument \(x\) is positive.

    17) \(\cot(-x)\cos(-x)+\sin(-x)\)

    Answer

    \(-\cot x \cos x-\sin x\)

    18) \(\cos(-x)+\tan(-x)\sin(-x)\)

    Graphical

    For the exercises 19-36, sketch two periods of the graph for each of the following functions. Identify the stretching factor, period, and asymptotes.

    19) \(f(x)=2\tan(4x-32)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.19.png

    stretching factor: \(2\); period: \(\dfrac{\pi }{3}\); asymptotes: \(x=\dfrac{1}{4}\left(\dfrac{\pi }{2}+\pi k \right)+8\)

    20) \(h(x)=2\sec\left(\dfrac{\pi }{4}(x+1) \right)\)

    21) \(m(x)=6\csc\left(\dfrac{\pi }{3}x+\pi \right)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.21.png

    stretching factor: \(6\); period: \(6\); asymptotes: \(x=k\)

    22) \(j(x)=\tan \left ( \dfrac{\pi }{2}x \right )\)

    23) \(p(x)=\tan \left ( x-\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right )\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.23.png

    stretching factor: \(1\); period: \(\pi \); asymptotes: \(x=\pi k\)

    24) \(f(x)=4\tan (x)\)

    25) \(f(x)=\tan \left ( x+\dfrac{\pi }{4} \right )\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.25.png

    Stretching factor: \(1\); period: \(\pi \); asymptotes: \(x=\dfrac{\pi}{4}+\pi k\)

    26) \(f(x)=\pi \tan(\pi x- \pi)-\pi\)

    27) \(f(x)=2\csc (x)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.27.png

    stretching factor: \(2\); period: \(2\pi \); asymptotes: \(x=\pi k\)

    28) \(f(x)=-\dfrac{1}{4}\csc(x)\)

    29) \(f(x)=4\sec(3x)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.29.png

    stretching factor: \(4\); period: \(\dfrac{2\pi }{3}\); asymptotes: \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{6}k\)

    30) \(f(x)=-3\cot(2x)\)

    31) \(f(x)=7\sec(5x)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.31.png

    stretching factor: \(7\); period: \(\dfrac{2\pi }{5}\); asymptotes: \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{10}k\)

    32) \(f(x)=\dfrac{9}{10}\csc(\pi x)\)

    33) \(f(x)=2\csc \left(x+\dfrac{\pi }{4} \right)-1\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.33.png

    Stretching factor: \(2\); period: \(2\pi \) ; asymptotes: \(x=-\dfrac{\pi}{4}+\pi k\) , where \(k\) is an integer

    34) \(f(x)=-\sec \left(x-\dfrac{\pi }{3} \right)-2\)

    35) \(f(x)=\dfrac{7}{5}\csc \left(x-\dfrac{\pi }{4} \right)\)

    Answer

    Ex 6.2.35.png

    Stretching factor: \(\dfrac{7}{5}\); period: \(2\pi \) ; asymptotes: \(x=\dfrac{\pi}{4}+\pi k\) , where \(k\) is an integer

    36) \(f(x)=5\left (\cot \left(x+\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right) -3 \right )\)

    For the exercises 37-38, find and graph two periods of the periodic function with the given stretching factor, \(| A |\), period, and phase shift.

    37) A tangent curve, \(A=1\),period of \(\dfrac{\pi }{3}\);and phase shift \((h, k)=\left ( \dfrac{\pi }{4},2 \right )\)

    Answer

    \(y=\tan\left(3\left(x-\dfrac{\pi}{4} \right) \right)+2\)

    Ex 6.2.37.png

    38) A tangent curve, \(A=-2\) , period of \(\dfrac{\pi }{4}\); and phase shift \((h, k)=\left (- \dfrac{\pi }{4},-2 \right )\)

    For the exercises 39-45, find an equation for the graph of each function.

    39)

    Ex 6.2.39.png

    Answer

    \(f(x)=\csc (2x)\)

    40)

    Ex 6.2.40.png

    41)

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    Answer

    \(f(x)=\csc (4x)\)

    42)

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    43)

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    Answer

    \(f(x)=2\csc x\)

    44)

    Ex 6.2.44.png

    45)

    Ex 6.2.45.png

    Answer

    \(f(x)=\dfrac{1}{2}\tan (100\pi x)\)

    Technology

    For the exercises 46-53, use a graphing calculator to graph two periods of the given function. Note: most graphing calculators do not have a cosecant button; therefore, you will need to input \(\csc x\) as \(\dfrac{1}{\sin x}\)

    46) \(f(x)=| \csc (x) |\)

    47) \(f(x)=| \cot (x) |\)

    Answer

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    48) \(f(x)=2^{\csc (x)}\)

    49) \(f(x)=\frac{\csc (x)}{\sec (x)}\)

    Answer

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    50) Graph \(f(x)=1+\sec^2(x)-\tan^2(x)\).What is the function shown in the graph?

    51) \(f(x)=\sec(0.001x)\)

    Answer

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    52) \(f(x)=\cot(100 \pi x)\)

    53) \(f(x)=\sin^2x +\cos^2x\)

    Answer

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    Real-World Applications

    54) The function \(f(x)=20\tan\left(\dfrac{\pi }{10}x\right)\) marks the distance in the movement of a light beam from a police car across a wall for time \(x\),in seconds, and distance \(f(x)\), in feet.

    1. Graph on the interval \([0,5]\)
    2. Find and interpret the stretching factor, period, and asymptote.
    3. Evaluate \(f(10)\) and \(f(2.5)\) and discuss the function’s values at those inputs.

    55) Standing on the shore of a lake, a fisherman sights a boat far in the distance to his left. Let \(x\), measured in radians, be the angle formed by the line of sight to the ship and a line due north from his position. Assume due north is \(0\) and \(x\) is measured negative to the left and positive to the right. (See Figure below.) The boat travels from due west to due east and, ignoring the curvature of the Earth, the distance \(d(x)\), in kilometers, from the fisherman to the boat is given by the function \(d(x)=1.5\sec(x)\).

    1. What is a reasonable domain for \(d(x)\)?
    2. Graph \(d(x)\) on this domain.
    3. Find and discuss the meaning of any vertical asymptotes on the graph of \(d(x)\).
    4. Calculate and interpret \(d\left ( -\dfrac{\pi }{3} \right )\). Round to the second decimal place.
    5. Calculate and interpret \(d\left ( \dfrac{\pi }{6} \right )\). Round to the second decimal place.
    6. What is the minimum distance between the fisherman and the boat? When does this occur?

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    Answer
    1. \(\left ( -\dfrac{\pi }{2},\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right )\)
    2. Ex 6.2.55b.png
    3. \(x=-\dfrac{\pi }{2}\) and \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{2}\);the distance grows without bound as \(| x |\) approaches \(\dfrac{\pi }{2}\)—i.e., at right angles to the line representing due north, the boat would be so far away, the fisherman could not see it;
    4. \(3\); when \(x=-\dfrac{\pi }{3}\),the boat is \(3\) km away;
    5. \(1.73\); when \(x=\dfrac{\pi }{6}\),the boat is about \(1.73\) km away;
    6. \(1.5\) km; when \(x=0\)

    56) A laser rangefinder is locked on a comet approaching Earth. The distance \(g(x)\),in kilometers, of the comet after \(x\) days, for \(x\) in the interval \(0\) to \(30\) days, is given by \(g(x)=250,000\csc \left(\dfrac{\pi }{30}x \right)\).

    1. Graph \(g(x)\) on the interval \([0,35]\).
    2. Evaluate \(g(5)\) and interpret the information.
    3. What is the minimum distance between the comet and Earth? When does this occur? To which constant in the equation does this correspond?
    4. Find and discuss the meaning of any vertical asymptotes.

    57) A video camera is focused on a rocket on a launching pad \(2\) miles from the camera. The angle of elevation from the ground to the rocket after \(x\) seconds is \(\dfrac{\pi }{120}x\).

    1. Write a function expressing the altitude \(h(x)\),in miles, of the rocket above the ground after \(x\) seconds. Ignore the curvature of the Earth.
    2. Graph \(h(x)\) on the interval \((0,60)\).
    3. Evaluate and interpret the values \(h(0)\) and \(h(30)\).
    4. What happens to the values of \(h(x)\) as \(x\) approaches \(60\) seconds? Interpret the meaning of this in terms of the problem.
    Answer
    1. \(h(x)=2\tan \left(\dfrac{\pi }{120}x \right)\)
    2. Ex 6.2.57b.png
    3. \(h(0)=0\):after \(0\) seconds, the rocket is \(0\) mi above the ground; \(h(30)=2\):after \(30\) seconds, the rockets is \(2\) mi high;
    4. As \(x\) approaches \(60\) seconds, the values of \(h(x)\) grow increasingly large. The distance to the rocket is growing so large that the camera can no longer track it.

    6.3: Inverse Trigonometric Functions

    In this section, we will explore the inverse trigonometric functions. Inverse trigonometric functions “undoes” what the original trigonometric function “does,” as is the case with any other function and its inverse. In other words, the domain of the inverse function is the range of the original function, and vice versa.

    Verbal

    1) Why do the functions \(f(x)=\sin^{-1}x\) and \(g(x)=\cos^{-1}x\) have different ranges?

    Answer

    The function \(y=\sin x\) is one-to-one on \(\left [ -\dfrac{\pi }{2},\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right ]\); thus, this interval is the range of the inverse function of \(y=\sin x\), \(f(x)=\sin^{-1}x\) The function \(y=\cos x\) is one-to-one on \([0,\pi ]\); thus, this interval is the range of the inverse function of \(y=\cos x\), \(f(x)=\cos^{-1}x\)

    2) Since the functions \(y=\cos x\) and \(y=\cos^{-1}x\) are inverse functions, why is \(\cos^{-1}\left (\cos \left (-\dfrac{\pi }{6} \right ) \right )\)not equal to \(-\dfrac{\pi }{6}\)?

    3) Explain the meaning of \(\dfrac{\pi }{6}=\arcsin (0.5)\).

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{6}\) is the radian measure of an angle between \(-\dfrac{\pi }{2}\) and \(\dfrac{\pi }{2}\) whose sine is \(0.5\).

    4) Most calculators do not have a key to evaluate \(\sec ^{-1}(2)\).Explain how this can be done using the cosine function or the inverse cosine function.

    5) Why must the domain of the sine function, \(\sin x\),be restricted to \(\left [ -\dfrac{\pi }{2},\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right ]\) for the inverse sine function to exist?

    Answer

    In order for any function to have an inverse, the function must be one-to-one and must pass the horizontal line test. The regular sine function is not one-to-one unless its domain is restricted in some way. Mathematicians have agreed to restrict the sine function to the interval \(\left [ -\dfrac{\pi }{2},\dfrac{\pi }{2} \right ]\) so that it is one-to-one and possesses an inverse.

    6) Discuss why this statement is incorrect: \(\arccos(\cos x)=x\) for all \(x\).

    7) Determine whether the following statement is true or false and explain your answer: \(\arccos(-x)=\pi - \arccos x\)

    Answer

    True . The angle, \(\theta _1\) that equals \(\arccos(-x)\), \(x>0\), will be a second quadrant angle with reference angle, \(\theta _2\), where \(\theta _2\) equals \(\arccos x\), \(x>0\). Since \(\theta _2\) is the reference angle for \(\theta _1\), \(\theta _2=\pi - \theta _1\) and \(\arccos(-x)=\pi - \arccos x-\)

    Algebraic

    For the exercises 8-16, evaluate the expressions.

    8) \(\sin^{-1}\left(\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\right)\)

    9) \(\sin^{-1}\left(-\dfrac{1}{2}\right)\)

    Answer

    \(-\dfrac{\pi }{6}\)

    10) \(\cos^{-1}\left(-\dfrac{1}{2}\right)\)

    11) \(\cos^{-1}\left(-\dfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2}\right)\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{3\pi }{4}\)

    12) \(\tan^{-1}(1)\)

    13) \(\tan^{-1}(-\sqrt{3})\)

    Answer

    \(-\dfrac{\pi }{3}\)

    14) \(\tan^{-1}(-1)\)

    15) \(\tan^{-1}(\sqrt{3})\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\pi }{3}\)

    16) \(\tan^{-1}\left(\dfrac{-1}{\sqrt{3}}\right)\)

    For the exercises 17-21, use a calculator to evaluate each expression. Express answers to the nearest hundredth.

    17) \(\cos^{-1}(-0.4)\)

    Answer

    \(1.98\)

    18) \(\arcsin (0.23)\)

    19) \(\arccos \left(\dfrac{3}{5}\right)\)

    Answer

    \(0.93\)

    20) \(\cos^{-1}(-0.8)\)

    21) \(\tan^{-1}(6)\)

    Answer

    \(1.41\)

    For the exercises 22-23, find the angle \(\theta\) in the given right triangle. Round answers to the nearest hundredth.

    22)

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    23)

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    Answer

    \(0.56\) radians

    For the exercises 24-36, find the exact value, if possible, without a calculator. If it is not possible, explain why.

    24) \(\sin^{-1}(\cos(\pi))\)

    25) \(\tan^{-1}(\sin(\pi))\)

    Answer

    \(0\)

    26) \(\cos^{-1}\left(\sin \left(\dfrac{\pi}{3} \right)\right)\)

    27) \(\tan^{-1}\left(\sin \left(\dfrac{\pi}{3} \right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(0.71\)

    28) \(\sin^{-1}\left(\cos \left(\dfrac{-\pi}{2} \right)\right)\)

    29) \(\tan^{-1}\left(\sin \left(\dfrac{4\pi}{3} \right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(-0.71\)

    30) \(\sin^{-1}\left(\sin \left(\dfrac{5\pi}{6} \right)\right)\)

    31) \(\tan^{-1}\left(\sin \left(\dfrac{-5\pi}{2} \right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(-\dfrac{\pi}{4}\)

    32) \(\cos \left(\sin^{-1} \left(\dfrac{4}{5} \right)\right)\)

    33) \(\sin \left(\cos^{-1} \left(\dfrac{3}{5} \right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(0.8\)

    34) \(\sin \left(\tan^{-1} \left(\dfrac{4}{3} \right)\right)\)

    35) \(\cos \left(\tan^{-1} \left(\dfrac{12}{5} \right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{5}{13}\)

    36) \(\cos \left(\sin^{-1} \left(\dfrac{1}{2} \right)\right)\)

    For the exercises 37-41, find the exact value of the expression in terms of \(x\) with the help of a reference triangle.

    37) \(\tan \left(\sin^{-1} (x-1)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{x-1}{\sqrt{-x^2+2x}}\)

    38) \(\sin \left(\sin^{-1} (1-x)\right)\)

    39) \(\cos \left(\sin^{-1} \left(\dfrac{1}{x}\right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\sqrt{x^2-1}}{x}\)

    40) \(\cos \left(\tan^{-1} (3x-1)\right)\)

    41) \(\tan \left(\sin^{-1} \left(x+\dfrac{1}{2}\right)\right)\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{x+0.5}{\sqrt{-x^2-x+\tfrac{3}{4}}}\)

    Extensions

    For the exercise 42, evaluate the expression without using a calculator. Give the exact value.

    42) \(\dfrac{\sin^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{1}{2} \right )-\cos^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2} \right )+\sin^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2} \right )-\cos^{-1}(1)}{\cos^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{\sqrt{3}}{2} \right )-\sin^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{\sqrt{2}}{2} \right )+\cos^{-1}\left ( \tfrac{1}{2} \right )-\sin^{-1}(0)}\)

    For the exercises 43-47, find the function if

    43) \(\cos t\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\sqrt{2x+1}}{x+1}\)

    44) \(\sec t\)

    45) \(\cot t\)

    Answer

    \(\dfrac{\sqrt{2x+1}}{x}\)

    46) \(\cos \left(\sin^{-1} \left(\dfrac{x}{x+1}\right)\right)\)

    47) \(\tan^{-1} \left(\dfrac{x}{\sqrt{2x+1}}\right)\)

    Answer

    \(t\)

    Graphical

    48) Graph \(y=\sin^{-1} x\) and state the domain and range of the function.

    49) Graph \(y=\arccos x\) and state the domain and range of the function.

    Answer

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    domain \([-1,1]\);range \([0,\pi ]\)

    50) Graph one cycle of \(y=\tan^{-1} x\) and state the domain and range of the function.

    51) For what value of \(x\) does \(\sin x=\sin^{-1} x\)? Use a graphing calculator to approximate the answer.

    Answer

    approximately \(x=0.00\)

    52) For what value of \(x\) does \(\cos x=\cos^{-1} x\)? Use a graphing calculator to approximate the answer.

    Real-World Applications

    53) Suppose a \(13\)-foot ladder is leaning against a building, reaching to the bottom of a second-floor window \(12\) feet above the ground. What angle, in radians, does the ladder make with the building?

    Answer

    \(0.395\) radians

    54) Suppose you drive \(0.6\) miles on a road so that the vertical distance changes from \(0\) to \(150\) feet. What is the angle of elevation of the road?

    55) An isosceles triangle has two congruent sides of length \(9\) inches. The remaining side has a length of \(8\) inches. Find the angle that a side of \(9\) inches makes with the \(8\)-inch side.

    Answer

    \(1.11\) radians

    56) Without using a calculator, approximate the value of \(\arctan (10,000)\).Explain why your answer is reasonable.

    57) A truss for the roof of a house is constructed from two identical right triangles. Each has a base of \(12\) feet and height of \(4\) feet. Find the measure of the acute angle adjacent to the \(4\)-foot side.

    Answer

    \(1.25\) radians

    58) The line \(y=\dfrac{3}{5}x\) passes through the origin in the \(x,y\)-plane. What is the measure of the angle that the line makes with the positive \(x\)-axis?

    59) The line \(y=\dfrac{-3}{7}x\) passes through the origin in the \(x,y\)-plane. What is the measure of the angle that the line makes with the negative \(x\)-axis?

    Answer

    \(0.405\) radians

    60) What percentage grade should a road have if the angle of elevation of the road is \(4\) degrees? (The percentage grade is defined as the change in the altitude of the road over a \(100\)-foot horizontal distance. For example a \(5\%\) grade means that the road rises \(5\) feet for every \(100\) feet of horizontal distance.)

    61) A \(20\)-foot ladder leans up against the side of a building so that the foot of the ladder is \(10\) feet from the base of the building. If specifications call for the ladder's angle of elevation to be between \(35\) and \(45\) degrees, does the placement of this ladder satisfy safety specifications?

    Answer

    No. The angle the ladder makes with the horizontal is \(60\) degrees.

    62) Suppose a \(15\)-foot ladder leans against the side of a house so that the angle of elevation of the ladder is \(42\) degrees. How far is the foot of the ladder from the side of the house?

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