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  1. Find an equation for each graph below. Homework Help ✎

Use the general equation y = a · sin b(xh) + k.
Determine the value for each of the four parameters.

First choose a function (sine or cosine) by identifying a convenient locator point.
In this case, we will use:

Since our point is on the midline, we will use the cosine function.
The x-value of the point also represents the horizontal shift:

Next find k, the vertical shift.
The graph y = sin x has a midline at y = 0 (the x-axis).
The parameter k is the distance that midline is shifted vertically.
In this case k = 2.

The amplitude (a) is the distance from the midline (k) to the highest point.
In this case k = 2 and the highest point is 3, so a = 1.
Since the graph increases from the locator point in the same way y = sin x does, a is positive.

You will learn more about the parameter b in future lessons.
For now, know that b = 1 since the distance from the beginning to the end of one cycle is 2π.

See part (a).
Pay careful attention to the scale on the y-axis when determining a and k.

notice the first cycle of the graph is an inverted sine curve, so the a value will be negative.

See part (a).

See parts (a) and (c).