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Curve Fitter 2
Can you construct a cubic equation with a certain distance between its turning points?
I wish to find a function which passes through the origin and only has turning points at $(1, 2)$ and $(2,1)$, as in the following sketch:
What sorts of equations would be good candidates for having a graph of this form? Can you definitely rule out certain types of equation from having a graph like this?
Although this curve might look like a cubic equation, it actually cannot be a cubic equation. Prove that this is the case.
Next, can you explicity find an equation which exactly satisfies these conditions and looks similar to the graph shown (i.e. with no other turning points anywhere and the same asymptotic behaviour)? How might you assess the effectiveness of the 'similarity'?
Families of Graphs
Transformation of functions
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