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Compare the graph of y = sin(x − 3) with its parent y = sinx.

y = sin(x − 3) looks just like y = sinx. Their periods are the same. Their amplitudes are the same. Their maximum and minimum y-values are the same. Their SLOPES are the same. The only difference is their horizontal locations.

The slopes will shift with the graph:
If y = sinxy = sin(x+3)
Then y' = cosxy' = cos(x + 3)

The derivative will be a piecewise function as well. Differentiate each piece separately.

Consider the boundary point of the derivative. Examine the two pieces at x = 1. Is the derivative continuous?