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General Quadratics, Cubics, and Quartics

Published on 07/19/2006

Activity Overview

This activity explores the characteristics of the graphs of quadratic, cubic, and quartic functions. The graphing calculator will be used to generate graphs and derivatives of these functions.

Before the Activity

See the attached Activity PDF file(s) for detailed instructions for this activity.

During the Activity

Follow the procedures outlined in the activity.

Students will:

  • Be able to identify characteristics of the graphs of quadratic, cubic, and quartic functions through the use of derivative tests.
  • After the Activity

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