# Transforming Graphs Using Function Notation

Graphical transformations are a critical concept in A-Level Mathematics, yet students often struggle with the nuances of translating and stretching functions. Common pitfalls include confusing horizontal and vertical shifts, misapplying stretch factors, and incorrectly labelling key points.

In this blog, we will explore effective strategies to address these difficulties, using my video tutorials as a guide. Members of Mr Mathematics can access the full lessons here, complete with worked solutions and additional student handouts.

## Translating Functions

Common Challenges:

1. Horizontal vs. Vertical Shifts: Students frequently misinterpret y = f(x + a) as a vertical shift rather than a horizontal one.

2. Direction of Shifts: Errors occur when students translate graphs in the wrong direction, especially with negative values.

This tutorial emphasises the distinction between horizontal and vertical translations through vector notation.

It demonstrates how adding or subtracting constants inside the function argument shifts the graph horizontally, while changes outside the function argument affect the vertical position.

Watch Part 1 of the Tutorial

## Stretching Functions

Common Challenges:

1. Misapplying Stretch Factors: Students often confuse vertical and horizontal stretches, applying the wrong scale factor.

2. Reflections: Errors are common when reflecting graphs across the wrong axis.

This tutorial clarifies how multiplying the function y = a f(x)  stretches or compresses the graph vertically, while y = f(ax) affects the horizontal stretch.

It also covers reflections over the x-axis and y-axis, providing clear, step-by-step explanations.

Watch Part 2 of the Tutorial

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