Simple Algebra II Graph Symmetries Discussion and Examples

Education, Mathematics
[caption id="attachment_17854" align="alignright" width="480"] Typical functions in two variables.[/caption] College preparatory classes in high school often include Algebra and Algebra II. Perhaps the most memorable aspect of Algebra II is the two-dimensional (2D) graphing of mathematical functions in two variables. This is typically introduced beginning with the Cartesian coordinate system. The generic function is written y = f (x). This reads y equals a function of x. See the illustration for some examples of functions. Cartesian Coordinate System In the Cartesian system, two variables, often x and y, are assigned their own line, one horizontal (x), one vertical (y). The intersection between the two axes is called the origin, and is assigned the value (0, 0). The value of x is the value written on the left in the brackets;…
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Math Equations for Parallel and Perpendicular Lines

It's fun and very instructive to figure out the math equations for parallel and perpendicular lines. The basic mathematical equation for a line is, ax + by = c Here are three examples of line equations: 2x + 3y = 6 4x – 2y = –5 –x/3 + 2.47y = √3 Slope-Intercept Form One of the most useful formats for the equation of a line is the slope-intercept form. That form is written, y = mx + b The variables here are x and y. The letters m and b are constants that represent the rise or tilt of the line (slope, m) and the point at which the line crosses the y-axis (intercept, b). So the first of the three equations for a line listed above is written in…
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