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​​A periodic function is a function whose graph repeats itself identically, over and over, as it is followed from left to right. Periodic functions have “periodicity,” which simply means that they repeat at regular intervals. Many things you are familiar with also have this quality. Clocks have it, so do metronomes, and of course, periodicals.

The graph of is a periodic function. Use it to complete parts (a) through (d) below. 

Linear piecewise, arrows on both ends, rising to an unidentified vertex in second quadrant, falling to a vertex on the positive  y axis, rising to the vertex, (1, comma 4), falling to the vertex, (5, comma 2), rising to the vertex, (6, comma 4), falling to an unidentified vertex, then rising.

  1. The period of a periodic function can be described as the smallest horizontal shift possible that preserves the function’s appearance. What is the period of ?

    One maximum is at . The next maximum is at . The period of this function is the distance between these two points.

  2. Even though the points are not shown on the graph, what are and ? Explain how you determined these values.

  3. Is equal to ? Explain.


  4. Use the idea of transformations of functions to write an equivalent expression for in this situation.

    Review the hints in parts (c) and (d).