Graphing Trigonometric Functions Teacher Resources

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Horizontal Translations or Phase Shifts: Sine

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Shift a trigonometric function and find its new equation. Pupils translate a sine function on a graph. The scholars determine the equation of the function that represents the translated graph and observe the connection between a...
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Horizontal Translations or Phase Shifts: Tangent

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Patterns can be shifty! Find the pattern when shifting the graph of tangent. Pupils move the graph of tangent to different locations on the coordinate plane. They observe what happens to the function and its vertical asymptotes before...
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Transforming the Graph of the Sine Function

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Build a solid understanding of trigonometric transformations through exploration. Learners work in teams to analyze the effects of different algebraic components on the graph of a sine function. 
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Sine Solution

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
How many times can eager mathematicians catch the waves? Pupils find the solutions of three different trigonometric equations. They then determine the effect of the slope of a line that intersects a trigonometric function and the number...
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More Ferris Wheels

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Take a ride on a Ferris wheel. Using sliders to adjust the parameters of a Ferris wheel, pupils investigate the height of a point over time. The interactive traces out the curve on a time-height graph. Learners use what they learned to...
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Changes in Period and Amplitude of the Sine Function

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
How does a change in amplitude or period affect the equation of a sine function? Scholars move sliders to change the frequency and period of the sine function. The interactive displays the resulting equation, and pupils determine the...
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Translating Sine and Cosine Functions: Translating Sine

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Learn how to slide sine back and forth and up and down. Pupils move the starting point of a graph of sine vertically and horizontally. They investigate the changes to the equation of the graph in relationship to the translation. They...
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Hours of Daylight 1

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
The midline of the mathematical model of the number of hours of sunlight is not 12 hours. Pupils use the modeling cycle to determine a function that will model the number of hours of sunlight at a location of their choosing. Using...
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Horizontal Translations or Phase Shifts: Cosine

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
If cosine is shifted, how is its equation affected? Learners manipulate the graph of cosine by moving the y-intercept to different locations on the coordinate plane. Pupils determine the new equation that models the shifts.
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Vertical Translations: Vertical Shift of Sinusoidal Functions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Create a shift in TV viewing habits. The interactive presents a cosine model of an individual's TV viewing habits during a year. Class members move the model to reflect given conditions. Finally, they determine key features from the...
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Why Call It Tangent?

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Discover the relationship between tangent lines and the tangent function. Class members develop the idea of the tangent function using the unit circle. They create tables of values and explore the domain, range, and end behavior of the...
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Sine Graph and Cosine Graph: Changing Amplitude

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Scholars manipulate the amplitude of the graphs of sine and cosine, notice how the change in amplitude is reflected in their graphs, and answer several questions about the concept they noticed.
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Graphing the Sine and Cosine Functions

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Doing is more effective than watching. Learners use spaghetti to discover the relationship between the unit circle and the graph of the sine and cosine functions. As they measure lengths on the unit circle and transfer them to a...
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Function Flyer

For Students 8th - 12th Standards
Fly through graphing functions with the Function Flyer. Young mathematicians use an interactive to graph different types of functions. A set of exploration questions has users investigate patterns in functions.
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Desmos Graphing Calculator

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
They say a graph is worth a thousand points. The interactive allows users to graph a wide variety of functions and equations. Using the included keyboard or typing directly into the list, learners determine the graph of a function....
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Awkward! Who Chose the Number 360, Anyway?

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Don't give your classes the third degree. Use radians instead! While working with degrees, learners find that they are not efficient and explore radians as an alternative. They convert between the two measures and use radians with the...
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Getting on the Right Wavelength

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Predict an equation that waves up and down. Pupils set the height, radius, and period of a Ferris wheel. The learners write a sine equation to match the graph of the height of a point on the wheel as a function of time. Running the...
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Algebra II Module 2: Mid-Module Assessment

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Time for classes to show what they've learned. Use several tasks to assess understanding of the trigonometric functions, unit circle, radians, and basic trigonometric identities.
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Horizontal Translations or Phase Shifts: Horizontal Translations

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Find out what causes a function to slide. Pupils move a function along the x-axis and see the resulting change in its equation. Scholars determine the effects that the translation has on the intercepts, domain, and range of the function.
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Vertical Translations

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
Change the y-intercept by adding a constant to the function. Individuals move three functions vertically along the y-axis. As they observe how the equation of the functions change with the vertical movement, learners determine how to...
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Graphing Trig Functions

For Students 11th
In this graphing trigonometric functions worksheet, 11th graders solve and complete 10 various types of problems. First, they graph each functions as shown. Then, students find the domain in each given function. In addition, they find...
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Here Comes the Sun

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Many phenomena in life are periodic in nature. A task-based lesson asks scholars to explore one of these phenomena. They collect data showing the sunrise time of a specific location over the period of a year. Using the data, they create...
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Broken Spreadsheet II

For Students 11th - 12th Standards
Work in reverse with the product becoming the given. Using a spreadsheet image of the graph of a trigonometric function, young scholars investigate methods of creating spreadsheet data that results in the given graph. The catch? The data...
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Sine Graph: y=sin(x)

For Students 10th - 12th Standards
The graph of the sine goes up and down, up and down, up and down! An informative video describes the process of graphing the sine function. It shows how to set up a table of values and then presents the finished graph.

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