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    Find x-intercepts

    Hi
    I am having trouble finding the x-intercepts from -2\pi to 2\pi
    from the equation: y=2sin(x-\frac{\pi}{4})+1

    This is what i have done but it doesn't match the book's answers:

    0=2sin(x-\frac{\pi}{4})+1
    \frac{-1}{2}=sin(x-\frac{\pi}{4})
    x-\frac{\pi}{4}=\pi+\frac{\pi}{6},2\pi-\frac{\pi}{6},-\pi+\frac{\pi}{6},-2\pi-\frac{\pi}{6}
    x=\frac{7\pi}{6}+\frac{\pi}{4},\frac{11\pi}{6}+\fr  ac{\pi}{4},\frac{-5\pi}{6}+\frac{\pi}{4},\frac{-13\pi}{6}+\frac{\pi}{4}
    \frac{17\pi}{12},\frac{25\pi}{12},\frac{-7\pi}{12},\frac{17\pi}{8}

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    Whilst your answers are technically correct, 2 of them do not satisfy the limits. This is because your limits were wrong when solving  \sin(x - \frac{\pi}{4}) = \frac{-1}{2}

    Be careful when you are solving questions like this. If the angle is  \theta + k , the limits you need to apply when solving for  \theta + k changes. If you had limits  -2\pi \le \theta \le 2\pi , the limits for  \theta + k should be  -2\pi + k \le \theta + k \le 2\pi + k
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    So it should be like this:
    \pi+\frac{\pi}{6},-\pi+\frac{\pi}{6},2\pi+\frac{\pi}{6},-2\pi+\frac{\pi}{6}

    However for the last two i get the incorrect answers.
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    How did you figure the last two solutions?

    General solution for  x - \frac{\pi}{4} is:

     x - \frac{\pi}{4} = n\pi + (-1)^n \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right)

    Limits:  -2\pi - \frac{\pi}{4} \le x - \frac{\pi}{4} \le 2\pi - \frac{\pi}{4}

    For  n = 0 \Rightarrow \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right)
    For  n = 1 \Rightarrow \pi - \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right) = \pi + \left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)
    For  n = -1 \Rightarrow -\pi - \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right) =  -\pi + \left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)
    For  n = 2 \Rightarrow 2\pi + \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right) = 2\pi - \left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)  but this exceeds the limit, so it's discounted.
    For  n = -2 \Rightarrow -2\pi + \left(\frac{-\pi}{6}\right) = -2\pi -\left(\frac{\pi}{6}\right)


    Hence  x = \frac{\pi}{12} ; \frac{17\pi}{12} ; \frac{-7\pi}{12} ; \frac{-23\pi}{12}
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gusbob View Post
    How did you figure the last two solutions?
    yeh, i made the denominator 24 and not 12.
    I tried it again with 12 and it was correct.
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