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End Behaviors of Polynomial Functions

Published on 10/17/2008

Activity Overview

Students will understand patterns, relations, and functions.

Before the Activity

Provide each student with a copy of the attached .pdf document.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Graph polynomial functions and categorize them by their end behavior.
  • Analyze how end behavior is affected by the lead coefficient and the exponent of the highest degree in the function.
  • After the Activity

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