Mathematics II Interpreting Functions


Interpreting Functions


Interpret functions that arise in applications in terms of the context. [Quadratic]
4. For a function that models a relationship between two quantities, interpret key features of graphs and tables in terms of
the quantities, and sketch graphs showing key features given a verbal description of the relationship. Key features include:
intercepts; intervals where the function is increasing, decreasing, positive, or negative; relative maximums and minimums;
symmetries; end behavior; and periodicity.
5. Relate the domain of a function to its graph and, where applicable, to the quantitative relationship it describes. tools-icon
6. Calculate and interpret the average rate of change of a function (presented symbolically or as a table) over a specified
interval. Estimate the rate of change from a graph.
Analyze functions using different representations. [Linear, exponential, quadratic, absolute value, step, piecewise-defined]
7. Graph functions expressed symbolically and show key features of the graph, by hand in simple cases and using technology
for more complicated cases.
a. Graph linear and quadratic functions and show intercepts, maxima, and minima.
b. Graph square root, cube root, and piecewise-defined functions, including step functions and absolute value functions.
8. Write a function defined by an expression in different but equivalent forms to reveal and explain different properties of the
a. Use the process of factoring and completing the square in a quadratic function to show zeros, extreme values, and
symmetry of the graph, and interpret these in terms of a context.
b. Use the properties of exponents to interpret expressions for exponential functions. For example, identify percent rate of
change in functions such as y = (1.02)t, y = (0.97)t, y = (1.01)12t, and y = (1.2)t/10, and classify them as representing
exponential growth or decay.
9. Compare properties of two functions each represented in a different way (algebraically, graphically, numerically in tables, or
by verbal descriptions). For example, given a graph of one quadratic function and an algebraic expression for another, say
which has the larger maximum.