Graphs and Transformations

Scheme of work: Year 12 A-Level: Pure 1: Equations and Inequalities

Prerequisite Knowledge

  • Sketch a quadratic graph
  • Translate a graphical function in form f(x ± a) and f(x) ± a
  • Stretch a graphical function in the form f(ax) and af(x)
  • Understand and use function notation, including composite functions and inverse functions

Success Criteria

  • Understand and use graphs of functions;
  • Be able to sketch curves defined by simple equations, including polynomials;
  • Be able to use intersection points of graphs to solve equations.

Key Concepts

  • Before plotting cubic and quartic graphs, freehand students should use a graphical software package such as Desmos or Geogebra to understand their properties.
  • When finding points of intersection algebraically, students should be encouraged to check their answers using a sketched graph online.
  • In addition to plotting a graph from an equation, students should be able to use the properties of the graph to derive the equation.
  • Students have not yet encountered long division at this point in the course, so polynomials need to be easily factorised or given in their simplest form.
  • When sketching reciprocal functions, students should begin with f(x) = 1/x and use transformations to build it up to the desired function.

Common Misconceptions

  • Students are often confused about the number of roots a polynomial has when they involve repeated roots.
  • When plotting cubic and quartic graphs, students often confuse the direction of curves.
  • Students lose examination marks by not labelling all the key coordinates where the curve passes through the axes.

Graphs and Transformations Resources

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