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Maths Item of the Month

November 2014
Three's a Crowd

There is just one form of the graph of a quadratic needed to produce the graph of any quadratic using vertical stretches and horizontal/vertical translations: i.e. the graph of y = x2 can be transformed into the graph of any quadratic y = ax2 + bx + c.

transformed quadratic

The graph of y = x3 cannot be transformed into the graph of all cubics y = ax3 + bx2 + cx + d using horizontal/vertical stretches and horizontal/vertical translations. How many basic forms of a cubic are needed so that all cubics can be obtained and can you prove that these are sufficient to do this?

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