Education Technology

Constant of Variation

Published on 08/31/2010

Activity Overview

Students explore how the constant of variation, k, affects the graph of direct and inverse variations.

Key Steps

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    In this activity, students explore the effects of k, the constant of variation. They will first use the slider to change k and observe how the direct variation graph changes.

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    For the application problem about direct variation, students will use a graph of the function and a point on the graph to determine the amount of money the employee will make for a certain number of hours.

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    Students will investigate the effect of k on the graph of an inverse variation by dragging the slider. Also shown on the screen are a point, which can be moved, and the product of the x- and y-coordinates of this point.