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This problem provides a context to explore graphs of trigonometric functions and look at the effects on the graph when the equation is changed. Rather than asking learners to sketch the graphs from the equations, they have to figure out the equation from the graph. The problem gives the opportunity to investigate reflections, stretches and translations of curves, and the corresponding effects on equations.
On plain paper or pupil whiteboards, sketch the purple curve $y=\sin x$. Ask learners to mark on the coordinates of any interesting points, such as intersections with the axes and turning points.
Now sketch the green curve and again mark on the key points. Ask pairs to discuss similarities and differences between the purple and green curves, and to consider how to transform one graph into the other.
Reveal the information that the green curve has equation $y=\sin 2x$, and set the challenge of working out the equations of the other curves. Graphical calculators or graphing software could be used to experiment with changing the equation and looking at the effect on the graph.
What are the interesting features of the graph of $y=\sin x$?
Start by investigating transformations of more familiar graphs in Parabolic Patterns and related problems.
Learners could create their own patterns using a combination of sin, cos and tan graphs, and challenge others to work out the equations. Sine problem gives another example of a pattern made from sine graphs which learners could try to recreate.