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# Trigonometry Examples

To find the x-intercept, substitute in for and solve for .

Rewrite the equation as .

Take the inverse cosine of both sides of the equation to extract from inside the cosine.

The exact value of is .

The cosine function is positive in the first and fourth quadrants. To find the second solution, subtract the reference angle from to find the solution in the fourth quadrant.

Simplify .

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Write each expression with a common denominator of , by multiplying each by an appropriate factor of .

Combine.

Multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Subtract from .

Find the period.

The period of the function can be calculated using .

Replace with in the formula for period.

Solve the equation.

The absolute value is the distance between a number and zero. The distance between and is .

Divide by .

The period of the function is so values will repeat every radians in both directions.

, for any integer

Consolidate the answers.

, for any integer

, for any integer

To find the y-intercept, substitute in for and solve for .

The exact value of is .

These are the and intercepts of the equation .

x-intercept: , for any integer

y-intercept: