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Exam-Style Questions on Graphing Functions

Problems on Graphing Functions adapted from questions set in previous exams.

1.

IGCSE Extended

The table shows some values (rounded to one decimal place) for the function \(y=\frac{2}{x^2}-x, x\neq 0\).

\(x\) -3 -2 -1 -0.5 0.5 1 2 3 4
\(y\) 3.2 2.5   8.5 7.5 1.0   -2.8  

(a) Complete the table of values.

(b) Draw the graph of \(y=\frac{2}{x^2}-x\) for \(-3\le x \le -0.5\) and \(0.5\le x\le 4\).

(c) Use your graph to solve the equation \(\frac{2}{x^2}-x-3=0\)

(d) Use your graph to solve the equation \(\frac{2}{x^2}-x=1-2x\)

(e) By drawing a suitable tangent, find an estimate of the gradient of the curve at the point where x = 1.

(f) Using algebra, show that you can use the graph at \(y=0\) to find \(\sqrt[3]2\)


2.

IB Standard

Let \(f (x)=a(x-b)^2+c\). The vertex of the graph of \(f\) is at (4, -3) and the graph passes through (3, 2).

(a) Find the value of \(c\).

(b) Find the value of \(b\).

(c) Find the value of \(a\).


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