Algebra 2 Absolute Value Activity

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In GeoGebra, use abs( ) in place of | |. Put the parentheses where you would put the abs. value bars. First transformation: y = |x| + k in geogebra: y = abs(x) + k

1. Graph the equation y = |x| . This is called the parent graph. 2. Now graph y = |x| + 1, y = |x| + 2, y = |x| + 3, etc.

3. What happens when you add a number outside the absolute value bars? 4. Do the same thing with y = |x| - 1, y = |x| - 2, etc.

5. In general, in the equation y = |x| + k, what effect does the k value have on the graph?

6. In general, what is the y-intercept of the graph y = |x| + k ? (HINT: look at the y-intercepts of the graphs from #2 and #3)

Second transformation: y = |x + h|

in geogebra: y = abs(x + h)

7. Compare the parent graph y = |x| with the graph y = |x + 1|. What is the difference? 8. Graph y = |x + 2|; y = |x + 3|; y = |x + 4|, etc. 9. What happens when you add a number inside the absolute value bars?

10. Graph y = |x – 1|; y = |x – 2|; y = |x – 3|, etc. 11. What happens when you subtract a number inside the absolute value bars? 12. In general, in the equation y = |x + h|, what effect does the h value have on the graph?

13. In general, what is the x-intercept of the graph y = |x + h|? (HINT: look at the x-intercepts of the graphs from #8 and 10)

½ |x + 1| – 3 h) What are the slopes of the sides? _____________ a) Where is the vertex? ___________ Sketch a graph of the function on the grid. etc. What happens when you multiply a number greater than one to the absolute value? 17. What is the difference? (HINT: look at slopes) 15. y = -1/2|x|. y = 1/10 |x|. describe what effects the a value can have on the graph of y = a|x| 22. Graph y = 2|x|. Try again with this graph: y = . In general. Compare the parent graph with the graph y = 2|x|. y = 1/3|x|. then use geogebra to check your answer . What happens when you multiply by a negative number? 21. y = 4|x|. What happens when you multiply by a number less than one? 19. try to determine the following information about the graph y = 2|x – 4| + 1 a) Where is the vertex? ___________ h) what are the slopes of the sides? _____________ Sketch a graph of the function on the grid provided Use geogebra [y = 2*abs(x – 4) + 1] and check your answers 24. y = 3|x|. Before you graph. Graph y = ½|x|.Third transformation: y = a|x| in geogebra: y = a*abs(x) 14. Graph y = -|x|. 16. etc. y = -2|x|. 20. what are the slopes (+/-) of the graph of y = a|x|? Putting it all together 23. 18. In general. etc.

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