Linear and Nonlinear Functions
This activity can be divided into two parts: teacher guided practice (using the first worksheet) and individual student or partner practice (using the second worksheet). The second worksheet could also be used as a quiz.
Students will be graphing linear and nonlinear equations. They may graph the linear equations using a table, x and y intercepts or slope intercept form. They will graph the nonlinear equations using a table.
Students will also identify if the equation is linear or nonlinear before actually graphing the equation. For example: y = x^2 - 2. The student would fill in the blanks: This graph will be a PARABOLA. This is NON-LINEAR. I know this because THE EQUATION HAS AN EXPONENT OF 2.
Not only are students practicing their graphing skills, but they are predicting what the graph will look like before graphing!