Homework 2 Graphing Polynomial Functions

We start with the parent functions: f(x) = x2 to f(x) = x7.  My students have already been exposed to the concept of parent functions for quadratic, linear, absolute value, and rational functions.  I present each one and allow time for student to make quick sketches in their notes.  I mark the vertex or center of each parent graph as well as the two points one unit way.  Focusing on these points gives the students a pattern to follow as well as points to accurately show all transformations, including stretches/shrinks, in future lessons.

Once we have covered all six, the students talk with their partners about any patterns they see, followed by a group discussion.  I make sure to ask WHY each observed pattern is true.  Then the students record a statement describing the pattern(s) including the WHY in their notes.

This leads into a discussion on end behavior for even degree functions.  First we define even functions.  We do a think-pair-share on functions we have already seen that are even. Next we discover/discuss end behavior of even functions.  I choose not to give a formal definition yet since I want my students to develop a solid conceptual understanding. I find that students often get stuck on formal definitions and never really grasp what is being said.  A formal definition can always be introduced later once students master the concept. 

I have students define with their partner what the graph ends are "doing" and then share out as a whole class. Definitions should include [increasing or decreasing] behaviors for BOTH extremes of the graphs.  I encourage the students to evaluate their definitions for completeness and accuracy (Math Practice 3).  To wrap up the conversation, students write down their definitions including diagrams that may be helpful. 

I then repeat the conversation now for the opposite [negative] even functions and again for odd functions.  Each discussion should move along faster since students are building on their initial concept of end behavior.  

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Polynomial Functions (Algebra 2 Curriculum - Unit 5)

This bundle includes notes, homework assignments, three quizzes, a study guide and a unit test that cover the following topics:

• Operations with Monomials (exponent rules review)
• Classifying Polynomials
• Operations with Polynomials (add, subtract, multiply, divide by monomial)
• Graphing Polynomial Functions
• Identifying Key Characteristics of a Polynomial Function: domain, range, turning points (relative minimums and maximums), end behavior, increasing intervals, decreasing intervals zeros
• Zeros of a Polynomial Function, Multiplicity, Effect of Multiplicity on a Graph
• Factoring Polynomials (includes GCF, difference of squares, sum of cubes, difference of cubes, trinomials, four terms)
• Solving Polynomials by Factoring
• Dividing Polynomials (by factoring, long division, and synthetic division)
• Operations with Functions
• Compositions of Functions
• Regression (review of linear/quadratic, cubic, quartic)

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Algebra 2 Curriculum


More Algebra 2 Units:
Unit 1 – Equations and Inequalities
Unit 2 – Linear Functions and Systems
Unit 3 – Parent Functions and Transformations
Unit 4 – Quadratic Equations and Complex Numbers
Unit 6 – Radical Functions
Unit 7 – Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Unit 8 – Rational Functions
Unit 9 – Conic Sections
Unit 10 – Sequences and Series
Unit 11 – Probability and Statistics
Unit 12 – Trigonometry


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