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a ferris wheel has a radius of 8m and rotates every 12 hrs. THe bottom of the ferris wheel is 1m above the ground. draw a graph describing how a person's height above the ground varies with time. Find an qeation for your graph.

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    sure hope they have a rest-room on that ferris wheel if it takes 12 hours to make one rotation.

    anyway, I know that the basic shape could be y = 8sin(pi/6)t.

    since period = 2pi/k for y = sin kt
    and 2pi/k = 12, so k=pi/6

    I then shifted this vertically by 9 m to have the person 1 m above the x-axis at the minimum height

    But I want him to be only 1 m high when t=0 so I shifted the graph to the right by 3 hours

    which gave me y = 8 sin (pi/6)(t - 3) + 9

    testing:
    t=0 y = 1
    t=3 y = 9
    t=6 y = 17 , maximum height
    t=9 y = 9
    t= 12 y = 1, it works!!!

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    i don't get it. the answer is right but how do you know to shift the graph right by 3 hrs?

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