Dancing Polynomials is designed to lead students from the understanding that the equation of a line produces a linear pattern to the realization that using an exponent greater than one will produce curvature in a graph and that further patterns emerge allowing students to predict what happens at the end of the graph. Using graphing calculators, students will examine the patterns that emerge to predict the end behavior of polynomial functions. They will experiment by manipulating equations superimposed onto landmarks in the shape of parabolas and polynomial functions. An end behavior song and dance, called "Graph Me Baby" will allow students to become graphs to physically understand the end behavior of the graph.
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