Mar 192015
 
Fresh eyes on end behavior of rational functions

Over the past few years of teaching precalculus regularly, I've experimented with a variety of approaches to rational functions in an attempt to find one that will result in students discovering and eventually truly understanding how the equation of a rational function determines its graph. I have never felt very successful. Too many students get confused somewhere along the way, come to [...]

End behavior of polynomials

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Jan 262013
 

Here is a PowerPoint I use when introducing end-behavior of polynomial functions. For each slide everyone raises arms or lowers arms to indicate the end-behavior of the polynomial. The left arm indicates what happens to as and the right arm indicates what happens to as . So, for example, for  you would put both arms up, while [...]