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6: Periodic Functions

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    In the previous chapter, the trigonometric functions were introduced as ratios of sides of a right triangle, and related to points on a circle. We noticed how the x and y values of the points did not change with repeated revolutions around the circle by finding coterminal angles. In this chapter, we will take a closer look at the important characteristics and applications of these types of functions, and begin solving equations involving them.