Explore parent functions and their transformations with this inquiry activity. Through the exploration, students will see how parts of an equation affect a graph.
Students should have a basic knowledge of graphing different types of equations before beginning this activity.
I recommend completing the first parent function or two as a whole class. The activity begins with exploring how to transform a quadratic function. I like to begin with the quadratic parent function because the changes to the equation are more obvious than with the linear parent function. After completing some examples as a whole group, students can continue exploring in partners or groups. Encourage students to make a table of values to test their new equations. They will pick up on the patterns that create the transformations, but you should challenge them to prove the equations work!
Parent Functions Explored in this Activity:
*I use this activity with my Algebra I students. Even though students do not have much knowledge of cubic, square root, and rational functions, the activity lets the students explore these topics!
The entire activity will need about 2 days to complete. The activity could also begin in class and then be finished for homework.
Cut apart each parent function group of graphs and create centers based on the different parent functions.
Assign groups different parent functions and have them present their work to the class. Then, look for similarities in all the groups.
You will receive a PDF of the 4 student pages and answer keys to everything.
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