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Learning Exercise: Interpreting Transformations of Functions

Interpreting Transformations of Functions
This assignment was created by Nicole McGlashan of Huron High School, Huron, South Dakota. It describes a self-directed activity for students to practice finding the transformations of functions by comparing the function to the graph of the intial function. There is a link to the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives for Interactive Mathematics and Larry Green's interactive website that the students participate in.
Course: Algebra II , Advanced Algebra , Pre-Calculus , Trigonometry


Submitted by:
Kurt Cogswell
Date Last Modified:
July 27, 2004




  • College General Ed
  • High School


Transformations of functions and the related transformation of function graphs.


To successfully complete this lesson, the students should be familiar with: Algebraic manipulation of equations; Solving radical equations; Solving rational equations; Solving absolute value equations.

Graphs of polynomials, radical, rational, and absolute functions

Learning Objectives

After having completed this lesson the student should be able to determine the initial graph of a function and be able to determine the transformations of its graph that result from transformations of the function.

Type of Task

  • Individual
  • Student-centered
  • Supplemental activity
  • Team
  • Unsupervised