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Title Parabolas on the Move!
Description Describe and predict how changing the coefficients of a quadratic function changes the graph of the function. Identify specific geometric transformations on the coordinate plane (reflection, translation, dilation)
Subject Mathematics
Level High School, Middle School
Type Demonstration, Discussion Prompts, Guided Activity
Duration 60 minutes
Answers Included No
Language English
Keywords Quadratic functions, coefficients, standard form, transformations
Simulation(s) Graphing Quadratics (HTML5)


Author(s) Lauren Rider, Alayna Vuylsteke
Contact Email rider_lauren@svvsd.org, alayna.vuylsteke@bvsd.org
School / Organization Altona Middle School, Boulder High School
Date submitted 6/5/19
Date updated 6/5/19