Four Interesting Transformations of Functions (Part 1)

Understanding how functions transform is a key concept in mathematics. This introductory lesson makes a strong connection between the function, table, and graph when exploring transformations. While the resource uses absolute value functions, it makes a connection to all functions. 

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use as an introduction to vertical translation and vertical stretch/shrink of a function
  • Have individuals use colored pencils when making tables and graphing each transformation on the same coordinate plane
  • Perform frequent checks for understanding as individuals complete the work in groups
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure learners are comfortable with evaluating absolute value expressions before beginning the collaborative activity
  • 18 in a 26-part series
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  • Lesson is built to connect to geometric transformations studied in lower grades
  • All handouts, keys, and a detailed teacher guide are included
  • Exit ticket is provided

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