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Jesse wants to model the height of a yo-yo over time by using a trigonometric function. He starts timing the yo-yo when it is at its lowest position of inches above the ground. The string length is inches and it took seconds to return to the same position.

  1. The graph at right models the path of the yo-yo. Explain why it has a peak at inches.

    Since the string is inches in length, the maximum point will be inches above the minimum.

  2. What is the amplitude of the function?

    Go from the middle of the curve to the highest point.

  3. In order to find the vertical shift, we need to find the middle point between the high and low points. What is the vertical shift?

  4. Recall the relationship . Find the angular frequency for the graph.

    The period is the -distance of one cycle.

  5. The graph can be modeled without utilizing a horizontal shift. Which trigonometric function can be used as a basis for this graph?

  6. Put the above observations together to find a function that will model the height of the yo-yo over time.

First quadrant Periodic curve, x axis labeled time in seconds, scaled from 0 to 5, and y axis labeled height in inches, scaled from 0 to 35, with 5 visible turning points, first at (0, comma 5), second at (1.25, comma 35).