Education Technology

Explore End Behavior

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students use a graphing calculator to explore the end behavior of functions from their graphs. Students learn that the end behavior of a polynomial function is determined by its degree and leading coefficient.

This Technology Lab accompanies Lesson 6-7 from the ©2007 Holt, Rinehart and Winston Algebra 2 textbook.

Before the Activity

  • Review the lesson PDF files.
  • Make copies of the lesson PDF files for your class.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Explore the end behavior of functions from their graphs.
  • Learn that the end behavior of a polynomial function is determined by its degree and leading coefficient.

After the Activity

Review student results:

  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary