# Math B regents exam help!!!

• Jun 18th 2008, 05:18 PM
juldancer
Math B regents exam help!!!
I am extremely confused by #31 on the Math B June 2007 regents exam. If someone could help me, that would be so so so amazing. I was able to figure out that the the minimum annual snowfall is 10 inches, but I don't know how to get the second part.

Here is the link to the exam : http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/mathre/b-607.pdf
• Jun 18th 2008, 05:32 PM
mr fantastic
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Originally Posted by juldancer
I am extremely confused by #31 on the Math B June 2007 regents exam. If someone could help me, that would be so so so amazing. I was able to figure out that the the minimum annual snowfall is 10 inches, but I don't know how to get the second part.

Here is the link to the exam : http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/mathre/b-607.pdf

Try drawing the graph on the grid provided ......
• Jun 18th 2008, 05:46 PM
juldancer
Thanks for the suggestion!
• Jun 19th 2008, 03:10 AM
topsquark
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Originally Posted by juldancer
I am extremely confused by #31 on the Math B June 2007 regents exam. If someone could help me, that would be so so so amazing. I was able to figure out that the the minimum annual snowfall is 10 inches, but I don't know how to get the second part.

Here is the link to the exam : http://www.nysedregents.org/testing/mathre/b-607.pdf

For what values of $\theta$ is $cos(\theta) = -1$? The answer is for $\theta = 3 \pi / 2$. So you know that
$\frac{\pi}{5}t = \frac{3 \pi}{2}$

Solve for t. That tells you when the first minimum will occur. Now we need to find the period. The period of the cosine function is $2 \pi$. So for what value of t do we have
$\frac{\pi}{5}t = 2 \pi$

That's the period.

-Dan