f(x)=cos(3pix-(pi/2))

Find the set on which the function is continuous (in all cases, the domain). Do so analytically, identify the type of function and the appropriate algebraic rule for determining domain.

This function is continuous on all R, it is simply a transformation of cos(x) to cos(ax+b), where a=3pi and b=-pi/2. cos(x) is continuous on all R, so it is it's transformed version. If you want the proof, for each t in R, lim (x->t-) f(x) = lim (x->t+) f(x) = cos(3pi*t-pi/2)
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the proof is similar to the proof that cos(x) is continuous everywhere.
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just put the usual ε
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cos(t+δ)-cos(t)
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cos(t+δ)=cos(t)cos(δ)-sin(t)sin(δ)
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cos(t+δ)-cos(t)=cos(t)(cos(δ)-1)-sin(t)sin(δ)
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now, if δ is small, so is sin(δ)
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and for δ>0 and δ small, cos(δ)=(1-sin(δ)^2)^(1/2)
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just put α=sin(δ)
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|cos(t+δ)-cos(t)|
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(1-cos(δ))+sin(δ)=1-(1-α^2)^(1/2)+α
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1-(1-α^2)^(1/2)+α
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(1+α-ε )
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etc...
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oops sorry, let's take it back from |cos(t+δ)-cos(t)|=|cos(t)(cos(δ)-1)-sin(t)sin(δ)|
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|cos(t)|
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now |cos(δ)-1|=|1-cos(δ)|
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|cos(δ)-1|+|sin(δ)|
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|cos(δ)-1|=|sin(δ)|^2 / |1+cos(δ)|
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now, |δ| is very small, so cos(δ)>0, therefore |sin(δ)|^2 / |1+cos(δ)|
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and since |sin(δ)|