1

1








2
4 ( ) f x x = ÷
( ) ( 2)( 2) f x x x = + ÷

2
2







2
( ) ( 1) ( 2) f x x x = + ÷

3
( ) 3 2 f x x x = ÷ ÷
3
3






2
( 1)( 2)
( )
( 2)
(
2
2
)
x
f
x x
f
x
x
x
x
x
+ ÷
=
÷
÷ ÷
÷
=

÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
4
4







2
2
( ) 2( 1) 3
( ) 2 4 1
f x x
f x x x
= + ÷
= + ÷

5
5









3 2
( ) ( 1)( 2)( 4)
( ) 5 2 8
f x x x x
f x x x x
= + ÷ ÷
= ÷ + +





6
6




( 3) 1
( ) (
3 2
( )
7 7
3
( )
7
3
4)
7
2
x
x
f x
f x
f x x
+ ÷ =
+
÷
=
= +

÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
÷7 ÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
x
y
÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
7
7






2
( 3)
( )
( 3)( 2
3
6
( )
)
5
f
x
f x
x x
x
x
x x
÷
=
÷ ÷
÷
÷ +
=

8
8





2
3
4 3 2
1
( ) ( 3) ( 1)
1
1
( ) ( 5 3 9)
1
6 8 6 9
( )
1
x
f x x x
x
x
f x x x x
x
x x x x
f x
x
+ | |
= + ÷
|
+
\ .
+ | |
= + + ÷
|
+
\
+ + ÷ ÷
.
=
+

9
9






2
2
2
2
( )
(
(
2
)
1)
1
f
x
f x
x
x
x
x
x
=
=
+
+ +

÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
÷7 ÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
÷10
÷9
÷8
÷7
÷6
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
x
y
÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
x
y
10
10






2
1
( )
( 2)( 3)
1
6
( ) f x
f x
x x
x x
=
=
÷ +
+ ÷

11
11





2
2
( )
( 2)
( )
1
4 4
1
1
(
1
) 3
x
f x
x
x
f x
f
x
x
x
x
x
+
=
+
+
= + +
+
+
+
=
12
12





2
2
2
2
( )
( 5)( 5)
( )
25
25
( ) 1
x x
f x
x
x
f
x
x
x
x
f
+ ÷
=
=
÷
÷
= ÷
÷

÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
x
y
÷7 ÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
÷6
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
x
y
÷9 ÷8 ÷7 ÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
x
y
13
13





2
2
4 3 2
2
2 1
( ) ( ( 1) 5)
2 1
2 1
( ) ( 2 4)
2 1
8 8
( )
2
x x
f x x
x x
x x
f x x x
x x
x x x
f x
x x
÷ + | || |
= ÷ + +
| |
÷ +
\ .\ .
÷ + | || |
= ÷ ÷ +
| |
÷ +
\ .\ .
÷ ÷ + ÷
=
÷ ÷



14
14






2
( )
2
( )
2
2 2
2
)( ) (
f x
f
x x
x
x
=
÷ +
=
÷

15
15





2
2
2
2
2( 1)( 2)
( )
2 2 4
2
(
4
( )
) 2
x x
f x
x
x x
x
x
x
f
f x
x
=
÷
= ÷
+
=
÷ ÷
+

÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
x
y
÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
x
y
÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
x
y
16
16





2
2
( )
( 1)
( )
1
2 1
1
4
(
1
) 3
x
f x
x
x
f x
f
x
x
x
x
x
+
=
÷
+
= + +
+
÷
÷
=
17
17





2
2
3 2
3 2
2
( )
( 1) 2
(
2
4 5 2
) f
x x
f x
x x
x x
x x
x
x
| |
|
\ .
+
=
+ +
+
+ + +
=

18
18







2
1
( )
1
f x
x
=
+

÷9 ÷8 ÷7 ÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
x
y
÷6 ÷5 ÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4 5 6
÷5
÷4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
4
5
x
y
÷4 ÷3 ÷2 ÷1 1 2 3 4
÷3
÷2
÷1
1
2
3
x
y

Introductory Rational Functions Game
The Object:
Depending on your comfort level, you get to pick a mathematical goal…
A. Try to come up with a list of as many features of your graph as possible – can you draw a sketch of
your graph?
B. Try to come up with an equation for the graph
The non-mathematical goal is to get to know other people in our group!
Some Nice-ities
All the graphs are of rational functions.
Some might be plain old polynomials.
If written in the most factored form, none of the terms has degree of more than two
If written in the most factored form, most of the coefficients are really nice

The rules:
You hold your card to your head, so that you cannot see the graph, but others can.
You walk around the room and you get to ask each person up to three mathematical questions, and one question to get
to know the other person.
Any mathematical question can be asked, but each question must be answered with one word/one number, e.g.
“parabola-ish” “yes” “kinda” “seven” “one hundred” “two thirds.”
You can’t, for example, ask “what is the coordinate of the hole?” because the answer will require more words. You could
say “what is the x-coordinate of the hole?” and “what is the y-coordinate of the hole?” if you want…
To win:
This is a no pressure game. The goal is to do some precalculus while getting to know each other. That’s all!

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