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Videos, worksheets, games and activities to help Algebra 2 students learn how to graph the secant and cosecant functions.

The graphs of Cosecant and Secant

How to Graph the Cosecant and Secant Functions using Sine and Cosine

Determine the domain and range of the two functions

Determine the period of the two functions

Graphing the secant and cosecant functions.

To graph secant and cosecant, find values of the reciprocal functions and plot them on the coordinate plane. Unlike the graphs of sine and cosine, secant and cosecant have vertical asymptotes whenever the cosine and sine equal zero, respectively. Graphing transformations is made easier by substituting theta for the quantity in parenthesis and solving for x. Also, notice that neither graph has x-intercepts.

This video provides an example of describing and graphing a transformation of the cosecant function.

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