## Finding a Locus: Algebra and Geometry

Last time we looked at the meaning of the concept of locus. This time, we’ll explore seven examples, from two students. We’ll look at both algebraic (equation) and geometric (description) perspectives.

Last time we looked at the meaning of the concept of locus. This time, we’ll explore seven examples, from two students. We’ll look at both algebraic (equation) and geometric (description) perspectives.

Some time ago we looked into the meaning of histograms, on the way to the concept of the Probability Density Function. A recent question focused on the histogram itself, in a way that will add to that discussion. We’ll learn about frequency density, which was overlooked there, and discover an alternative way to label a …

Graphs are used to display data. But sometimes we aren’t quite sure what sort of graph will best represent the data (or what kind of graph our teacher is expecting). We’ll look at a couple questions asking when a graph consisting of lines should or should not be used.

Last week we looked at one way to display data, the stem-and-leaf plot. This time, we’ll look at a very different one, the box-and-whisker plot, which summarizes the data more broadly.

It’s been a while since we’ve written about statistics, so I want to start a short series about that. Here, we’ll look into stem-and-leaf plots (also called stemplots).

(A new question of the week) This week we have a short discussion of a question that takes a basic concept one step further: How do you graph an equation on the plane, that contains only one variable? It’s a simple question when applied to linear equations, but takes on new dimensions when we generalize …

(A new question of the week) Two recent questions involved using trigonometric functions to model real-life (or nearly so) situations, one about breathing, the other about a Ferris wheel. Both can be done by writing a sinusoidal function; the second can be done in other interesting ways as well.

(A new question of the week) Last week we examined how a series of transformations affects the equation of a function, in order to write the equation from a graph, or vice versa. We touched on why it works the way it does, but this is something you need to look at from multiple perspectives …

(A new question of the week) Transformations of functions, which we covered in January 2019 with a series of posts, is a frequent topic, which can be explained in a number of different ways. A recent discussion brought out some approaches that nicely supplement what we have said before. Here, the focus will be on …

There are a number of standard techniques for graphing functions, such as transforming simple functions, or finding asymptotes and holes for rational functions, and using calculus to find slopes. What if you have a rational function of a trigĀ function, and can’t yet use calculus to figure it out? We’ll look at how we can …