Polynomial Graphing

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Your AP Calculus learners probably have their ID numbers memorized, but have they tried graphing them? Pique your pupils' interest by asking each to create a unique polynomial function based on their ID numbers, and then analyze the function. The project offers an excellent approach to reviewing features of polynomial functions and their behaviors. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Use as a final project or assessment on graphing polynomial functions
  • Have small groups take turns with each others' ID numbers
  • Use other distinctive numbers, such as birthdays, as extension activities
Classroom Considerations
    • Grading projects may be time consuming, as each will be different
  • Thorough review of the concepts related to graphing polynomial functions
  • Appealing to learners of all levels, whether they are in AP or mainstream calculus
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