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Topic: Graphing calculators, periodic and trigonometric functions
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 J. N. G. Binongo Posts: 16 Registered: 12/6/04
Graphing calculators, periodic and trigonometric functions
Posted: Jan 10, 1998 2:45 AM
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I must admit that allowing students to play with their graphing
calculators in my classes sometimes leads them to questions which I
myself am not always prepared to answer immediately. I almost make it a
point to get back to these questions, but some of them take me a
couple of days. The following two questions, however, have kept me
busy thinking for an entire week, and today it's Saturday, I decided
to post this question to this discussion list.

(1) Do all periodic functions contain sin x or cos x?

(2) If the nth derivative of f is periodic, is f also periodic?

Incidentally, my students also ask the converse to these questions.
My response was there are so many functions containing sine and
cosine which are not periodic. A simple example is sin x^2 or sin (1/x).
Of course there are trivial examples, like 2 sin x csc x, which
simplify to a real constant. Or the functions x + sin x or x sin x.

As for the second one, if f is periodic, then its slope at every
point, the derivative of f at that point, must necessarily be periodic
as well.

However for the above questions, my gut feeling is a yes to both
questions. If I am wrong, can somebody please give a counterexample?

Jose Nilo G. Binongo
Fukuoka International School, Japan

Date Subject Author
1/10/98 J. N. G. Binongo
1/10/98 Doug Kuhlmann
1/13/98 J. N. G. Binongo
1/13/98 Jerry Uhl
1/14/98 Tristan de Frondeville
1/13/98 Wayne Bishop
1/13/98 mark snyder
1/14/98 Doug Kuhlmann
1/10/98 Wayne Bishop
1/12/98 Jerry Uhl
1/14/98 Wayne Bishop
1/14/98 Jerry Uhl
1/14/98 Atkins
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1/10/98 LnMcmullin@aol.com
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1/11/98 Jerry Uhl
1/13/98 John Graham
1/13/98 Jerry Uhl
1/12/98 Bill_Kehlenbeck-fac@nobles.edu
1/13/98 J. N. G. Binongo
1/13/98 Joshua Zucker
1/12/98 LnMcmullin@aol.com
1/13/98 Charlie Bodine
1/13/98 Doug Kuhlmann
1/13/98 John Katic

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