Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Observe and Ask

This simple Desmos sketch is designed to elicit observations and questions that will lead naturally to an introduction of the ideas of domain and range and an exploration of power functions. I show it to a class without any explanation and as I move the a-slider I ask for questions (which I write on the board, but don't answer). If students want the k-slider moved or if they want to see a particular value of a or k, I oblige. Eventually I ask students to begin trying to answer some of the questions and see where that takes us.

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