TRIGONOMETRIC FUNCTIONS - Functions - Calculus AB and Calculus BC

Calculus AB and Calculus BC

CHAPTER 1 Functions


The fundamental trigonometric identities, graphs, and reduction formulas are given in the Appendix.

D1. Periodicity and Amplitude.

The trigonometric functions are periodic. A function f is periodic if there is a positive number p such that f (x + p) = f (x) for each x in the domain of f. The smallest such p is called the period of f. The graph of f repeats every p units along the x-axis. The functions sin x, cos x, csc x, and sec xhave period 2π; tan x and cot x have period π.

The function f (x) = A sin bx has amplitude A and period Image g(x) = tan cx has period Image


Consider the function f (x) = Image cos (kx).

(a) For what value of k does f have period 2?

(b) What is the amplitude of f for this k ?


(a) Function f has period Image since this must equal 2, we solve the equation Image getting k = π.

(b) It follows that the amplitude of f that equals Image has a value of Image


Consider the function Image

Find (a) the period and (b) the maximum value of f.

(c) What is the smallest positive x for which f is a maximum?

(d) Sketch the graph.


(a) The period of f is Image or 6.

(b) Since the maximum value of −sin x is −(−1) or +1, the maximum value of f is 3 + 1 or 4.

(c) Image equals +1 when Image that is, when Image Solving yields Image

(d) We graph Image in [−5,8] × [0,5]:



D2. Inverses.

Inverse trig functions

We obtain inverses of the trigonometric functions by limiting the domains of the latter so each trigonometric function is one-to-one over its restricted domain. For example, we restrict


The graphs of f (x) = sin x on Image and of its inverse f −1(x) = sin−1 x are shown in Figure N1–7. The inverse trigonometric function sin−1 x is also commonly denoted by arcsin x, which denotes the angle whose sine is x. The graph of sin−1 x is, of course, the reflection of the graph of sin x in the line y = x.



Also, for other inverse trigonometric functions,

y = cos−1 x (or arccos x) has domain −1 Image x Image 1 and range 0 Image y Image π;

y = tan−1 x (or arctan x) has domain the set of reals and range Image

Note also that