Monday, February 25, 2008

Tangent Function

Second post on my mentoring blog.While I was doing my regular routine of reading our blog the most common thing that i see people have problems with is the,tangent function. Anyways,what is the tangent function? It's time to put my thinking cap on and help my fellow classmates with this.


As for your other question. The graph of the tangent function can be viewed here:

The tangent function has some cool properties. It has an amplitude of undefined, a period of pi and y intercept of zero.

I have so much more to say but i don`t want to spoil the fun.


Also, I've seen a similar question from Roxanne, so i decided to give her some insights about the tangent function. I gave her more details.


If you want to see the graph of the tangent function, you can go right ahead and use You will see that the shape of the tangent function is somewhat different from cosine and sine.

The graph of the tangent function has some distinct properties.It has a period of pi unlike both cosine and sine which has a period of 2pi.
Second, it has a y-intercept of zero. (There are so much more to say about this function but i wont go into them, because i don't want to spoil the fun).

Graphing the tangent function follows the same rule as graphing both cosine and sine functions. The general equation for the tangent function is f(x) = a*tan(bx+c)+d. You can see that it uses the same parameters.All the parameters work the same way as the one in the sine and cosine equations. It also follows the same algorithm DABC (but i prefer using BCDA).

I hope this helps you clarify things.


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