# even/odd trig functions

• Aug 9th 2009, 08:23 AM
live_laugh_luv27
even/odd trig functions
How can I tell if each of these functions are even or odd?

$f(x) = \sin{x}$
$f(x) = \cos{x}$
$f(x) = \tan{x}$
$f(x) = \sec{x}$
• Aug 9th 2009, 08:39 AM
Plato
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Originally Posted by live_laugh_luv27
How can I tell if each of these functions are even or odd?

$f(x) = \sin{x}~\color{blue}\text{odd}$
$f(x) = \cos{x}~\color{blue}\text{even}$
$f(x) = \tan{x}~\color{blue}\text{odd}$
$f(x) = \sec{x}~\color{blue}\text{even}$

You may just have to know these.
We can graph each.
If the graph is symmetric about the y-axis, the function is even.
If the graph is symmetric about the origin, the function is odd.