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Rational Functions

Updated on 03/20/2024

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will discover, or re-discover, the connection between a rational function, transformations, and both vertical and horizontal asymptotes. 

Objectives

  • Students will explore the relationship between rational functions and both vertical and horizontal asymptotes. They will examine these relationships graphically and algebraically.
  • Students will be asked to create sliders on the handheld to help in their exploration and discussions.
  • Students will try to make a connection with how to understand these topics in IB Mathematics courses and on their final assessments.

Vocabulary

  • Sliders
  • Vertical Asymptotes
  • Input
  • Output
  • Horizontal Asymptotes

About the Lesson

Students will create a TI-Nspire file to dynamically examine the rational functions generated by quotients of linear functions.

*Note: This activity includes optional IB support, including the IB Questions download for students who are preparing for the IB Exam.