Thursday, June 5, 2014

SP#7: Unit K Concept 10

This goes over how to write a repeating decimal as a rational number using geometric series. Make sure to use the infinite geometric series. The answer must be written as a fraction.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

BQ #7 - Unit V

1. Where does the difference quotient come from?

-First you need to know that the difference quotient is known as finding the slope of the tangent line to a graph. On this graph, f(x), we're given a point on the line, which will be (x, f(x)). If we move to a different point, then that will be delta x, or h, for that matter. The new placing of the point, is the total value of x plus h. So at this new point, the values will be (x+h, f(x+h)), which, if you connect to the value (x, f(x)), will create a secant line. Given these points, we can find the slope of the secant line using the formula (y^2-y^1)/(x^2-x^1). We then insert the numbers that correspond with the formula, which will look like this: f(x+h)-f(x)/ x+h-x. If you then simplify, you get the difference quotient: f(x+h)-f(x)/b. Through the process of finding the slope of a secant line, we also find the slope of the tangent line, or the difference quotient.


Friday, May 16, 2014

BQ#6 – Unit U Concepts 1-8

1. What is continuity?
Continuity is a way to describe a function that is predictable.  It has no breaks, jumps, or holes.  This kind of function can be drawn on a graph without lifting your pencil. In addition, the value is the same as the limit.

What is discontinuity?
Discontinuity is a way to describe a function that is not predictable. There are two families: removable and non-removable discontinuities.
A point discontinuity is a removable discontinuity. Here the limit exists wherever the open circle is. This looks like a hole on the graph. Sometimes the value and the limit might not be at the same point. In this case, it is as if you and your friend plan to go to the mall and show up there, but it burned down.
In a non-removable discontinuity, the limit does not exist (NOT "there is no limit"). This includes a jump discontinuity where the graph is different coming from left and right. In this case, it is as if you and your friend plan to meet at a restaurant, but you two show up at different ones.  Oscillating behavior has no limit and the value is undefined because it is simply oscillating and appears wiggly on a graph.  In an infinite discontinuity (unbounded behavior) has vertical asymptote. This means it increases or decreases without bound toward infinity or negative infinity.

2. What is a limit?
A limit is the intended height of a function. We read a limit as: "The limit as x approaches 'a number' of f(x) is equal to 'L.'" You can have an infinite amount of limits on a graph.

 When does a limit exist?
The limit exists in continuous functions. This is when the intended is the actual height also. However, we must understand that the function is not the value. The three times a limit does not exist are when we have non-removable discontinuities. When it 'DNE,' we must also right the reasons. If it was a jump discontinuity, the graph is different left and right. If it was an infinite discontinuity, it has unbounded behavior. If it is oscillating, the graph is simply oscillating and we cannot find its value either which means it is undefined.

What is the difference between a limit and a value?
The limit is the intended height of the graph. Often this can be seen with two open circles or an open and closed circle. The value is the actual height. This is shown with a closed circle.

3. How do we evaluate limits numerically, graphically, and algebraically?
We can evaluate limits numerically which is on a table. The tables I have drawn in the pictures show how we can get really really really really close to a number without actually touching it.
Evaluating limits on a graph involves an actual graph. You put two fingers on the left and right side of where you want to evaluate a limit. If your fingers do not touch, the limit DNE.
Algebraically, you should first try the direct substitution method. We can get a number, 0 over a number which is 0, a number over 0 which means the limit DNE, or 0/0 which is the indeterminate form. If you get 0/0, use another method because it is "not yet determined" and we need to keep on working to find the answer. Whatever number the x approaches, you plug that into any variable of the equation given. You can also try the rationalizing/conjugate method.  Here you can use either the conjugate of the denominator or the numerator. You need to rearrange the equation given though by multiplying the top and bottom by the conjugate of either the numerator or denominator. Whichever conjugate you used, simplify it by FOILing. The non-conjugate will be left alone, so you can cancel things out. Remember, "...if something cancels, then your graph will have a HOLE!"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

BQ#4 – Unit T Concept 3

Why is a “normal” tangent graph uphill, but a “normal” COtangent graph downhill? Use unit circle ratios to explain.
Tangent and cotangent are opposites of each other. Tangent=sin/cos. Whenever cos=0, tan is undefined because there would have to be asymptotes. The graph would go in a positive direction since they are positive in Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 3. Cotangent= cos/sin. Cotangent is positive in Quadrant 1 and Quadrant 3 as well. The asymptote begins at (0,0) where Quadrant 1 is.

BQ#3 – Unit T Concepts 1-3

    • How do the graphs of sine and cosine relate to each of the others?  Emphasize asymptotes in your response.
Tangent is equal to sin/cos. It is undefined when cos=0. When sin=0, tangent goes through the x-axis since tan=0.

Cotangent is equalled to cos/sin. In Quadrant 1, t will be positive since the sin and cos graphs are positive. If the sin=1, cotangent will have asymptotes. In Quadrant 2, cos is negative; sin is positive. In quadrant 3, cos is negative; sin is negative. Their signs cancel out to make a positive cotangent. In Quadrant 4, cos is positive; sin is negative. This will give cotangent a negative answer.

The reciprocal of secant is 1/cos. If cos=0, sec is undefined and will not touch. However, if the cos=1, sec amplitudes will touch.

The reciprocal of cosecant is 1/sin. If sin=0, cosecant is undefined and will not touch. However, if sin=1, csc amplitudes will touch.

Friday, April 18, 2014

BQ#5 – Unit T Concepts 1-3

Why do sine and cosine NOT have asymptotes, but the other four trig graphs do? Use unit circle ratios to explain.
The Unit Circle has ratios for trig functions. Sin=y/r, cos=x/r, tan=y/x, csc=r/y, sec=r/x, and cot=x/y. The asymptote is only present when the denominator is equal to 0. However, since r is always equal to 1 in the Unit Circle triangles, this will give us an actual number value for sine and cosine. For us to have an asymptote, we would have to have an undefined answer like in the other four trig graphs give us.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

BQ#2 – Unit T Concept Intro

How do the trig graphs relate to the Unit Circle?
ANSWER: Trig graphs relate to the Unit Circle because we just have to imagine the Unit Circle being "unwrapped" into a straight line. This would be like the x-axis of the trig graphs. We have to imagine the Unit Circle still having its coordinates.

  • Period? - Why is the period for sine and cosine 2pi, whereas the period for tangent and cotangent is pi?
ANSWER: The period of sine and cosine is 2pi because of their positives and negatives. From quadrant one through four, sine is positive, positive, negative, negative. We imagine sine on the unit circle in portions. At 0* it is 0. At 90* it is 1. At 180* it is 0. At 270* it is -1. At 360* it is 0. These are literally the points on the graph that give sine a mountain-to-valley image. For cosine it is reflected, so we start with a valley then turn into a mountain. For tangent and cotangent, the signs from quadrant one to four are positive, negative, positive, negative. Within this "unwrapped unit circle" we only see two periods. However, this kind of graph only shows us half of the period, hence, it is pi.

  • Amplitude? – How does the fact that sine and cosine have amplitudes of one (and the other trig functions don’t have amplitudes) relate to what we know about the Unit Circle?
ANSWER: Sine and cosine have amplitudes of one because the Unit Circle's coordinates are at (0,1), (0,-1), (1,0), and (-1,0). If you look at (0,-1) and (0,1), these points are the graph's highest and lowest points on the graph. The amplitude is not going to pass one because that is where it reaches it's highest point, and it is at its lowest point at -1.