Alg1.6 Introduction to Quadratic Functions

In this unit, students study quadratic functions systematically. They look at patterns which grow quadratically and contrast them with linear and exponential growth. Then they examine other quadratic relationships via tables, graphs, and equations, gaining appreciation for some of the special features of quadratic functions and the situations they represent. They analyze equivalent quadratic expressions and how these expressions help to reveal important behavior of the associated quadratic function and its graph. They gain an appreciation for the factored, standard, and vertex forms of a quadratic function and use these forms to solve problems.

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