Structure in Graphs of Polynomial Functions

Don't allow those polynomial functions to misbehave! Understand the end behavior of a polynomial function based on the degree and leading coefficient. Learners examine the patterns of even and odd degree polynomials and apply them to their understanding of end behavior.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pupils use a graphic organizer to record the patterns of end behavior in polynomials
  • Use board work with the practice problems to allow for quick understanding checks
Classroom Considerations

  • Uses concepts form the previous lesson in the 42-part series
Pros

  • Uses exploration to develop an understanding of the end behavior of polynomial functions
  • Provides lesson notes and scaffolding ideas to allow for differentiation within classes
Cons

  • None