Part 2: Piecewise Function / Compound Function Activity
Materials: Students will need transparency paper and marker Set-up: Divide the classroom.Half of the students graph the linear function (A)
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,Half of the students graph the quadratic function (B)
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1)Students make a table and graph the function on their paper.A) B)2)Students copy their graph onto a transparency.3)Students pair up with students from the other group and check each other’s work.4)Students transpose their graphs together, by laying their transparencies onto one another’s,and answer the following questions.a.Together, do these graphs describe a function? (Explain) b.How could you describe the new function rule?5)A few groups share with the class. Class agrees that the “new function” is a function?6)Discuss Compound Functions/ Piece-wise Functions7)Students evaluate the piecewise function and discuss not only evaluating the function by thegraph, but also from the algebraic function rule.
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8)Real world situations that require piecewise/compound functions.Students’ ideas?
cell phone plans, IRS tax rates, purchasing in bulk…