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Prove that the graph of the polynomial

$f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 +9x +1$

has rotational symmetry, find the centre of rotation and re-write the equation of the graph in terms of new co-ordinates $(u,v)$ with the origin of the new co-ordinate system at the centre of rotation.

Do the same for the graph of the function $g(x) = 2x^3 + 3x^2 +5x +4$ .

Prove that the graphs of all cubic polynomials have rotational symmetry.

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.

The illustration shows the graphs of fifteen functions. Two of them have equations y=x^2 and y=-(x-4)^2. Find the equations of all the other graphs.

The illustration shows the graphs of twelve functions. Three of them have equations y=x^2, x=y^2 and x=-y^2+2. Find the equations of all the other graphs.