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Precalculus: The Function Elevator
by Texas Instruments

Updated on July 01, 2014

Objectives

  • Students will create a piecewise linear graph to model a real life scenario.
  • Students will identify connections between position and velocity functions and their graphs.
  • Students will create velocity graphs based on information about position and position graphs based on information about velocity.

Vocabulary

  • velocity
  • position
  • vertex

About the Lesson

This lesson involves creating and comparing graphical representations of position and velocity functions from a scenario.
As a result, students will:

  • Manipulate pieces of a piecewise linear function to represent a real life scenario about the position of an object.
  • Manipulate pieces of a piecewise linear function to represent the position of an object given information about its velocity.
  • Predict and evaluate predictions about the velocity of an object based on a graph of its position.