Constraining Horizontal/Vertical lines via Desmos

18 Jan

Students seem to always have trouble grasping that x=2 is a vertical line, and that y=2 is a horizontal line. I understand their issue with this;  x is the horizontal axis yet x=2 is a vertical line. Boy, that’s confusing! In class we talk about how it’s counter-intuitive, and we repeat the “x=2 is vertical because it cuts through the x axis at 2”. To help the students understand this more, and to get in more domain and range practice, I had them write their initials in Desmos. A good structured yet open-ended activity where students could go simple with basic block letters or get creative with more curves (parabolas), etc.

 

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https://www.desmos.com/calculator/h9slms403n

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https://www.desmos.com/calculator/nixbhpoooi

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