Graph of y = sin x

y = sin x is periodic function. The period of y = sin x is 2π. Therefore, we will draw the graph of y = sin x in the interval [-π, 2π].

For this, we need to take the different values of x at intervals of 10°. Then by using the table of natural sines we will get the corresponding values of sin x. Take the values of sin x correct to two place of decimal. The values of sin x for the different values of x in the interval [-π, 2π] are given in the following table.

We draw two mutually perpendicular straight lines XOX’ and YOY’. XOX’ is called the x-axis which is a horizontal line. YOY’ is called the y-axis which is a vertical line. Point O is called the origin.

Now represent angle (x) along x-axis and y (or sin x) along y-axis.

Along the x-axis: Take 1 small square = 10°.

Along the y-axis: Take 10 small squares = 1 unity.

Now plot the above tabulated values of x and y on the co-ordinate graph paper. Then join the points by free hand. The continuous curve obtained by free hand joining is the required graph of y = sin x.

Steps to draw the graph of y = c sin ax.

Steps I: Obtain the values of a and c.

Step II: Draw the graph of y = sin x and mark the points where y = sin x crosses x-axis.

Step III: Divide the x-coordinate of the points where y = sin x crosses x-axis by a and mark maximum and minimum values of y = c sin ax as c and –c on y-axis.

The graph obtained is the required graph of y = c sin ax.

Properties of y = sin x:

(i) The graph of the function y = sin x is continuous and extends on either side in symmetrical wave form.

(ii) Since the graph intersects the x-axis at the origin and at points where x is an even multiple of 90°, hence sin x is zero at x = nπ where n = 0, ±1, ±2, ±3, ±4, ……………... .

(iii) The ordinate of any point on the graph always lies between 1 and - 1 i.e., - 1 ≤ y ≤ 1 or ,-1 ≤ sin x ≤ 1  hence, the maximum value of sin x is 1 and its minimum value is - 1 and these values occur alternately at \(\frac{π}{2}\), \(\frac{3π}{2}\), \(\frac{5π}{2}\),………  i. e., at x = (2n + 1)\(\frac{π}{2}\), where n = 0, ±1, ±2, ±3, ±4, ……………...

(iv) Since the function y= sin x is periodic of period 2π, hence the portion of the graph between 0 to 2π is repeated over and over again on either side.

Solved example to sketch the graph of y = sin x:

Sketch the graph of y = 2 sin 3x.


To obtain the graph of y = 2 sin 3x we first draw the graph y = sin x in the interval [0, 2n] and then divide the x-coordinates of the points where it crosses x-axis by 3. The maximum and minimum values are 2 and -2 respectively.

● Graphs of Trigonometrical Functions

11 and 12 Grade Math

From Graph of y = sin x to HOME PAGE

Didn't find what you were looking for? Or want to know more information about Math Only Math. Use this Google Search to find what you need.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below. Ask a Question or Answer a Question.

Share this page: What’s this?

Recent Articles

  1. Types of Fractions |Proper Fraction |Improper Fraction |Mixed Fraction

    Jul 12, 24 03:08 PM

    The three types of fractions are : Proper fraction, Improper fraction, Mixed fraction, Proper fraction: Fractions whose numerators are less than the denominators are called proper fractions. (Numerato…

    Read More

  2. Worksheet on Fractions | Questions on Fractions | Representation | Ans

    Jul 12, 24 02:11 PM

    Worksheet on Fractions
    In worksheet on fractions, all grade students can practice the questions on fractions on a whole number and also on representation of a fraction. This exercise sheet on fractions can be practiced

    Read More

  3. Fraction in Lowest Terms |Reducing Fractions|Fraction in Simplest Form

    Jul 12, 24 03:21 AM

    Fraction 8/16
    There are two methods to reduce a given fraction to its simplest form, viz., H.C.F. Method and Prime Factorization Method. If numerator and denominator of a fraction have no common factor other than 1…

    Read More

  4. Conversion of Improper Fractions into Mixed Fractions |Solved Examples

    Jul 12, 24 12:59 AM

    To convert an improper fraction into a mixed number, divide the numerator of the given improper fraction by its denominator. The quotient will represent the whole number and the remainder so obtained…

    Read More

  5. Conversion of Mixed Fractions into Improper Fractions |Solved Examples

    Jul 12, 24 12:30 AM

    Conversion of Mixed Fractions into Improper Fractions
    To convert a mixed number into an improper fraction, we multiply the whole number by the denominator of the proper fraction and then to the product add the numerator of the fraction to get the numerat…

    Read More