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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?

Guessing the Graph

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Can you find a quadratic curve that roughly fits Data Set A?
Where do you think the maximum point of the curve would be?
Consider how to turn the graph of $y=x^2$ upside down, move it up the axis, and 'squash' it to match the data.
This spreadsheet might be useful for trying out equations and seeing how closely they match the real data.