In the real world, sinusoidal functions can be used to describe mechanical functions such as the swinging of a pendulum or natural phenomena such as hours of daylight. Sinusoidal functions graph wave forms.
As such, sinusoidal functions can be used to describe any phenomenon that displays a wave or wave-like pattern or by extension any predictable periodic behavior. They are applicable in many real life cases.
- The periodic rotations of a crankshaft in an engine
- The rotation of a Ferris wheel
- The fluctuating hours of daylight in a specific location throughout a calendar year
- Fluctuating use of energy to heat a home through the seasons.