# Finding Graphs of Functions in Nature

Go find functions in nature, and photograph them!

Studying Graphs of Functions?

Well, some graphs of functions appear a lot, so knowing their shapes gives you a much better shot at graphing them correctly and catching common errors.

## What do you need?

- Either a graphing calculator, or a printout of the graphs of functions
- A park or nature trail with plenty of trees or backyard
- A camera
- A keen eye for natural (not human made) shapes

Here are a few examples:

f(x) = mx + b |
f(x) = 1/x |

f(x) = x |
f(x) = √x |

f(x) = |x| |
f(x) = e ^{x} |

And here are some example photos we took to give you an idea:

## Graph of f(x) = mx + b

The graph of f(x) = mx+b is a straight line, thus you are looking for something in nature that resembles a straight line. For example:

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Graph of f(x) = x^{2} or -x^{2}

The graph of f(x) = x^{2} looks like a U, and -x^{2} is like a ∩, thus you are looking for something that resembles a U or ∩. For example:

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Graph of Square Root: f(x) = √x

The graph of f(x) = √x looks something like the lower case letter r, for example:

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Graph of Absolute Value: f(x) = |x|

The graph of f(x) = |x| looks some thing like the letter V, for example:

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See what other graphs you can find...

When done, compare your pics of nature to the graphs of functions and put together a presentation.

Activity courtesy of Hands On Math