Franklin Pezzuti Dyer


Area Under a Sine Arch

2017 Mar 9

I noticed something funny the other day.

Consider a sine graph with equation $y=c*\sin(cx)$, where $c$ is a constant. The period of such a sine wave is $\frac{2\pi}{c}$, so the area under a single one of its arches is

Which is

That struck me as a little odd. Regardless of the value of $c$, the area underneath a single arch was always $2$? But I suppose it makes sense, because as $c$ increases, each arch is stretched vertically but compressed horizontally. However, it gets weirder. If $y=f'(x)\sin f(x)$, the area is still $2$, because the x-coordinates of the start and endpoints of the nth arch are $f^{-1}(\pi n-\pi)$ and $f^{-1}(\pi n)$ for integral $n$, the area under the nth arch is

Which simplifies to

We are interested in only positive areas, and the positive difference between $-\cos \pi n$ and $\cos (\pi n-\pi)$ is the difference between two consecutive peaks of the cosine arch, which is also always $2$.

That means that all of the areas underneath all of the arches in the following pictures is equal to $2$:

Fig 1
Fig 2
Fig 3

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