solution by graphing is all you can do.
look for the roots.
The Problem: I am given the graph and
I am ask to find how many different points they intersect. I am literally blank when it comes to this question. I know solving for the system would give me one point where they intersect, but aside from graphing I have no idea as to how I would solve this.
Could someone please help?
For people like me who doesn't know how to use any graphing calculator, in graphing, and who doesn't know either how to graph in computers, the iteration method is a way.
Search the Web for the Newton's Method, or the Newton-Raphson method for iteration, if you know some Calculus.
Iteration is repetition. Trial and error. But there is a method whereby you know or can guess what value to try as you do repeated trials.
Using my own iteration method,
y = sin(x)
y = 2x / 5pi
sin(x) = 2x /5pi
sin(x) -[2x /(5pi)] = 0 ----------try some x-values to get to zero.
sin(x) is from -1.0 to 1.0 only, so try x's that would give (2x / 5pi) within (-1.0 to 1.0) only.
I was getting x = 7.6 when I stopped iterating.
I did not say everything in my first reply to you, but the two curves,
y = sin(x) ---------------a sine curve of amplitude 1.0
and y = (2 / 5pi)x --------a straight line with positive slope,
may not have seven intersection points.
In fact, I guess there could only be one intersection point.
Is that the graph of the y = sin(x) shown in your post? It's neutral axis is sloping downwards?
If so, then, it is not okay.
A sin curve, the basic one, has horizontal neutral axis.