How do you graph and list the amplitude, period, phase shift for #y=-1/2sinx#?

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Nimo N. Share
Feb 9, 2018


See below.


How do you graph and list
a) the amplitude,
b) period,
c) phase shift
for # y = −1/2 sin(x) # ?

a) the amplitude
The amplitude of the sine function is defined as 1/2 the distance between its maximum and minimum values.

The amplitude of sin(x) is 1.
In the given function, each value of sin(x) is multiplied by (-1/2). so it is only 1/2 the distance from the x-axis, which means
the amplitude of the given function is 1/2.

b) period
The period is exactly the same as for sin(x).
The period of the given function is # 2pi #

c) phase shift
The sign of the given function is negative for every value of x where sin(x) is positive, and vise versa, and it passes through zero for the same values of x, The phase shift could be expressed in one of two ways:

One can say either that the phase shift is # + pi #, or that the phase shift is # - pi #, and the graph would look the same.

# y = sin(x) #
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# y = -1/2 *sin(x) #
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