How do you sketch one cycle of #y=-cotx#?

1 Answer
Aug 9, 2018

Answer:

See explanation and graphs.

Explanation:

#y = - cot x = - cos x/sin x, #

#x ne# ( asymptotic ) zeros of the denominator

#kpi, k = 0, +-1, +-2, +-3, ...#.

The period = period of the reciprocal #( - tan x ) = pi#

= the space between consecutive asymptotes, #x = kpi#.

The amplitude is #1/2 pi#.

See graph, depicting all these aspects.
graph{(y sin x + cos x)( x +.0001y) ( x- pi +.0001y)=0[ 0 pi -pi/4 pi/4]}

Here, 1-cycle graph is precisely given by the inverse

#x = - arctan ( 1/y ), x in [ - pi/2, pi/2 ]#.

graph{x + arctan(1/y)=0}.

This phenomenon is attributed to the constraint on the range of arctan values as #[ - pi/2, pi/2 ]#.