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    Modelling Trig Functions

    Here is the question directly from the book:

    A contestant on a game show spins a wheel that is located on a plane perpendicular to the floor. He grabs the only red peg on the circumference of the wheel, which is 1.5 m above the floor (the peg is) and pushes it downward. The peg reaches a min height of 0.25 m and a max height of 2.75 m above the floor. Sketch two cycles of the graph representing the height above the ground as a function of the total distance moved. Then determine the equation of the sine function.

    So I sketched it, (we are using radians now... Grade 12) and I have most of the equation except the horizontal shift...
    y=-1.25sin(x- ?)+1.5

    What is the question mark? I don't even know where to beign on that one...

    Please help! aha.

    Mike
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    you have the amplitude and vertical shift correct.

    the height is a function of distance traveled, so the period is equal to one circumference ...

    T = 2.5\pi

    so ...

    B = \frac{2\pi}{2.5 \pi} = \frac{4}{5}

    now you have this ...

    y = -1.25\sin\left(\frac{4}{5}x + C\right) + 1.5

    if you think about it, you probably can reason why C = 0.
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    there we go. Thanks. I was mixing up the full angle of a cicle with the circumference of a circle in assuming hte circumference was 2pi .
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