Precalculus Examples

Find the asymptotes.
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For any , vertical asymptotes occur at , where is an integer. Use the basic period for , , to find the vertical asymptotes for . Set the inside of the tangent function, bx+c, for equal to to find where the vertical asymptote occurs for .
Set the inside of the tangent function equal to .
The basic period for will occur at , where and are vertical asymptotes.
Find the period to find where the vertical asymptotes exist.
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The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .
Divide by to get .
The vertical asymptotes for occur at , , and every , where is an integer.
There are only vertical asymptotes for tangent and cotangent functions.
Vertical Asymptotes: for any integer
No Horizontal Asymptotes
No Oblique Asymptotes
Vertical Asymptotes: for any integer
No Horizontal Asymptotes
No Oblique Asymptotes
Use the form to find the variables used to find the amplitude, period, phase shift, and vertical shift.
Since the graph of the function does not have a maximum or minimum value, there can be no value for the amplitude.
Amplitude: None
Find the period using the formula .
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The period of the function can be calculated using .
Period:
Replace with in the formula for period.
Period:
Solve the equation.
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The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .
Period:
Divide by to get .
Period:
Period:
Period:
Find the phase shift using the formula .
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The phase shift of the function can be calculated from .
Phase Shift:
Replace the values of and in the equation for phase shift.
Phase Shift:
Divide by to get .
Phase Shift:
Phase Shift:
Find the vertical shift .
Vertical Shift:
List the properties of the trigonometric function.
Amplitude: None
Period:
Phase Shift: ( to the right)
Vertical Shift:
Select a few points to graph.
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Find the point at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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The exact value of is .
Divide by to get .
The final answer is .
Find the point at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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The exact value of is .
The final answer is .
Find the point at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Simplify the numerator.
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Apply the reference angle by finding the angle with equivalent trig values in the first quadrant. Make the expression negative because tangent is negative in the second quadrant.
The exact value of is .
Multiply by to get .
Move the negative in front of the fraction.
The final answer is .
Find the point at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Simplify the numerator.
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Apply the reference angle by finding the angle with equivalent trig values in the first quadrant. Make the expression negative because tangent is negative in the second quadrant.
The exact value of is .
Multiply by to get .
Divide by to get .
The final answer is .
Find the point at .
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Replace the variable with in the expression.
Simplify the result.
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Simplify the numerator.
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Apply the reference angle by finding the angle with equivalent trig values in the first quadrant.
The exact value of is .
The final answer is .
List the points in a table.
The trig function can be graphed using the amplitude, period, phase shift, vertical shift, and the points.
Vertical Asymptotes: for any integer
Amplitude: None
Period:
Phase Shift: ( to the right)
Vertical Shift:
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