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Cubic Spin

Prove that the graph of f(x) = x^3 - 6x^2 +9x +1 has rotational symmetry. Do graphs of all cubics have rotational symmetry?

Sine Problem

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.

Parabolic Patterns

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.


Age 14 to 18
Challenge Level

Here is a pattern for you to experiment with using graph drawing software. 


The equations of two of the graphs are: $$\frac{x^2}{36}+\frac{y^2}{16}=1$$ $$x^2 + y^2 = 1$$ Find the equations of the other 8 graphs in this pattern.

How do you know from their equations that all the graphs are symmetrical about both the y-axis and the x-axis?

Draw your own pattern of ellipses and circles.