Exploring the graph of

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### Mindy
Swain

Assignment 2

#7. Try several
graphs of on the same axes.

(i.e., use different
values of a)

Consider the following graphs for various values of a:
The first observation I noticed
about these graphs is that they are all parabolas with vertex
at (0,0). Also, I did not graph the case for a = 0 since this
would give us the equation y = 0 (the x-axis). For all values
of a > 0, the parabola opens upward and for all values of a
< 0, the parabola opens downward. Since we have generalized
for positive and negative values of a, we can now consider |a|.
As |a| increases, the parabola compresses or becomes skinnier.
After making these observations, I now would like to consider
values 0 < a < 1.

Consider the following graphs
for various values of a:

Now I can see that the parabolas
for values 0 < a < 1 are more expanded or wider than for
a = 1, and as values of a get smaller the parabola gets wider.

__Conclusion__:

(1) For a = 0, the graph is the
x-axis.

(2) For all values of a >
0, the parabola opens upward and for all values of a < 0, the
parabola opens downward.

(3) For all values of a not equal
to zero, the parabola is expanded when |a| is small and compresses
as |a| increases.

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