Draw the graph of a continuous increasing function in the first
quadrant and horizontal and vertical lines through two points. The
areas in your sketch lead to a useful formula for finding
Sketch the graph of $xy(x^2 - y^2) = x^2 + y^2$ consisting of four curves and a single point at the origin. Convert to polar form. Describe the symmetries of the graph.
Plot the graph of x^y = y^x in the first quadrant and explain its
Which curve is which, and how would you plan a route to pass between them?
Investigate the family of graphs given by the equation x^3+y^3=3axy
for different values of the constant a.
Can you make a curve to match my friend's requirements?
Sketch the members of the family of graphs given by y =
a^3/(x^2+a^2) for a=1, 2 and 3.
Can you massage the parameters of these curves to make them match as closely as possible?
In this trail, a new type of NRICH resource, learn about
transformations of graphs. Given patterns made from families of
graphs find all the equations in the family.
Make a catalogue of curves with various properties.
This task depends on learners sharing reasoning, listening to
opinions, reflecting and pulling ideas together.
Can you work out the equations of the trig graphs I used to make my pattern?
Can you fit a cubic equation to this graph?
What biological growth processes can you fit to these graphs?
In this 'mesh' of sine graphs, one of the graphs is the graph of
the sine function. Find the equations of the other graphs to
reproduce the pattern.
Investigate the graphs of y = [1 + (x - t)^2][1 + (x + t^)2] as the
parameter t varies.
This function involves absolute values. To find the slope on the
slide use different equations to define the function in different
parts of its domain.
Can you sketch these difficult curves, which have uses in
Compares the size of functions f(n) for large values of n.
Sketch the graphs for this implicitly defined family of functions.
10 graphs of experimental data are given. Can you use a spreadsheet to find algebraic graphs which match them closely, and thus discover the formulae most likely to govern the underlying processes?
This polar equation is a quadratic. Plot the graph given by each
factor to draw the flower.
Can you work out which processes are represented by the graphs?
Which line graph, equations and physical processes go together?
Explore displacement/time and velocity/time graphs with this mouse
Explore the rates of growth of the sorts of simple polynomials
often used in mathematical modelling.
Explore how can changing the axes for a plot of an equation can
lead to different shaped graphs emerging