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    in a given region, the number of daylight hours vaires, depending on the time of year. this variation can be approximated with a sinusoidal function. the model for a certain region is given by the function d(t)= 5sin 2pie/365 (t-95)+13, where d(t) is in hours and t represents the number of days after January 1. find two days whent he approximate number of daylight hours is 16h.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anitha View Post
    in a given region, the number of daylight hours vaires, depending on the time of year. this variation can be approximated with a sinusoidal function. the model for a certain region is given by the function d(t)= 5sin 2pie/365 (t-95)+13, where d(t) is in hours and t represents the number of days after January 1. find two days whent he approximate number of daylight hours is 16h.
    d(t)=5\sin\left(\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}\right)+13

    The number of daylight hours you want is 16, so let d = 16...

    16=5\sin\left(\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}\right)+13
    3=5\sin\left(\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}\right)
    \frac{3}{5}=\sin\left(\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}\right)
    \sin^{-1}(\frac{3}{5})=\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}

    The value of \theta for which \sin \theta = \frac{3}{5} is 0.643501 and \pi-0.643501=2.49809

    \{0.643501,2.49809\}=\frac{2\pi(t-95)}{365}
    \frac{365}{2\pi}\times\{0.643501,2.49809\}=t-95
    \{37.382,145.118\}=t-95
    \{132.382,240.118\}=t

    So the amount of time is about 132 and 240 days after January 1 (respectively).

    Or the days are May 12 and August 28.
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