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A sine curve can be created with five people by giving the following instructions to the five people:

A. Stand on the spot.

B. Walk around A in a circle, holding this string to keep you the same distance away.

C. Stay in line with B, staying on this line.

D. Walk in a straight line perpendicular to C's line.

E. Stay in line with C and D. E will trace the path of a sine curve as shown here:

What instructions could you give to five people to trace a cos(ine) curve?

What instructions could you give to five people to trace a tan(gent) curve?

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