1. Analyzing the Effect When a > 1 [[176]]

Click on the icon to access an online graphing calculator  Graphit
Directions:
You will be entering quadratic equations in the y(x) field. (Remember, this is function notation. It is just a different way of writing a "y =" equation.) To enter the exponent of the equation y(x) = x^{2}; use the ^ symbol which is accessed by pressing "Shift 6". The equation will be written in the y(x) field as x ^ 2. At any time click on "Show Tabular Data" to see a table of values.
 Enter x^{2} in the y(x) field and then click on Plot/Update to graph the equation.
 Go to the next line in the y(x) field and enter 2x^{2}. Then click on Plot/Update. A snapshot of your entries is shown.
 Go the next line in the y(x) field and enter 5x^{2}. Then click on Plot/Update.
 On your own paper, describe how changing the coefficient of x from "1" to a number greater than 1 affects the graph. (Use the words narrower or wider.)
Source: Analyzing the Effect When a > 1, Texas Education Agency / University of Texas at Austin
Source: Interactive Graphit, CSERD, A Pathway Portal of NSDL
2. Practice Exercise [[177]]

On your own paper, describe how the graph of y = ax^{2} will be affected by each of the following changes. (Use the words, narrower, wider, and reflection). You may use a graphing calculator if necessary.
1. The value of a is 8. 
Answer
The graph (or parabola) will be narrower.

2. The value of a is 1. 
Answer
The graph (or parabola) will be reflected across the xaxis.

3. The value of a is 2 7 
Answer
The graph (or parabola) will be wider.

4. The value of a is  1 8 . 
Answer
The graph (or parabola) will be reflected across the xaxis and will be wider.

5. The value of a is 6. 
Answer
The graph (or parabola) will be reflected across the xaxis and will be narrower.

6. Which of the functions listed below has the narrowest graph? y = 7 3 x^{2}, y = 3x^{2}, y = 2 3 x^{2}, y = 2x^{2} 

7. Which of the functions listed below has the widest graph? y = 7 3 x^{2}, y = 3x^{2}, y = 2 3 x^{2}, y = 2x^{2} 

Source: Practice, Analyzing the effects of the changes in a on the graph of y = ax^2 +c, Texas Education Agency / University of Texas at Austin
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