# Ch 20: MEGA Middle School Math: Graphing Functions

### About This Chapter

## MEGA Middle School Math: Graphing Functions - Chapter Summary

What are intercepts and slopes of a line? How do you apply the distance formula? Our easy-to-follow lessons provide a simple way to reinforce your knowledge of these topics and others relating to graphing and will help you demonstrate mastery of these topics on the MEGA Middle School Math exam. The lessons will cover these specific topics:

- Knowing how to plot points on a coordinate plane
- Identifying characteristics of linear and non-linear functions
- Finding the intercepts and slope of a line
- Solving point-slope equations
- Applying mid-point and distance formulas
- Defining parabola and explaining types of parabolas
- Understanding how to graph polynomials

Video lessons can be reviewed as many times as necessary to ensure your full understanding of the material. Self-assessment quizzes are an effective way to prepare you to take the actual exam by presenting multiple choice questions as you would find on the test.

## MEGA Middle School Math: Graphing Functions - Chapter Objectives

The MEGA Middle School Math exam assesses your knowledge of various math concepts and processes. The Graphing Function chapter covers material you will encounter on the portion of the exam addressing patterns, relations and functions. This portion is found in the second content domain of the exam, which constitutes 36% of your total test score. The computer-based test requires you to answer 80 multiple-choice questions.

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### 1. Graph Functions by Plotting Points

Let's say you have a function. What does it look like? How do you graph it? In this lesson, we'll learn how to graph functions by determining and plotting points.

### 2. Identify Where a Function is Linear, Increasing or Decreasing, Positive or Negative

Functions do all kinds of fun things. In this lesson, learn how to identify traits of functions such as linear or nonlinear, increasing or decreasing and positive or negative.

### 3. How to Find and Apply The Slope of a Line

In this lesson, we'll discover all about the slopes of lines. We'll learn about different types of slopes and how to find the slopes of lines. We'll use two methods: the slope formula and the slope-intercept form.

### 4. How to Find and Apply the Intercepts of a Line

How can you take an equation of a line and find out where it will cross the x- or y-axis? In this lesson, we'll define x-intercepts and y-intercepts and learn how to find them.

### 5. Equation of a Line Using Point-Slope Formula

It's time for a road trip to Las Vegas, and after four hours of driving at 60 mph ... Are we there yet? Learn the point-slope form of the equation of a line to help answer this age-old question.

### 6. How to Use The Distance Formula

You can't always rely on your smartphone to tell you how far you need to travel to get from point A to point B. The distance formula will tell you the distance between any two points on a graph. In this lesson, you'll learn where it comes from and how to use it!

### 7. How to Use The Midpoint Formula

The formula for the midpoint of a line segment will tell you how to find the middle of any line segment on the x, y plane. Learn about this formula and see how it is used to find the midpoint of a line segment.

### 8. What is a Parabola?

A parabola is the U shape that we get when we graph a quadratic equation. We actually see parabolas all over the place in real life. In this lesson, learn where, and the correct vocab to use when talking about them.

### 9. Parabolas in Standard, Intercept, and Vertex Form

By rearranging a quadratic equation, you can end up with an infinite number of ways to express the same thing. Learn about the three main forms of a quadratic and the pros and cons of each.

### 10. How to Graph Cubics, Quartics, Quintics and Beyond

Finding the graph of a polynomial isn't too hard. If you can graph, you already know the major steps! With a couple rules and helpful memorizing tools, you will be graphing polynomials in no time!

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### Other Chapters

Other chapters within the MEGA Middle School Mathematics: Practice & Study Guide course

- MEGA Middle School Math: Basic Arithmetic Operations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Solving Word Problems
- MEGA Middle School Math: Properties of Numbers
- MEGA Middle School Math: Estimating & Rounding
- MEGA Middle School Math: Number Theory
- MEGA Middle School Math: Roots & Radical Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Exponents & Exponential Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Scientific Notation
- MEGA Middle School Math: Simplifying Whole Number Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Integers
- MEGA Middle School Math: Rational Numbers
- MEGA Middle School Math: Introduction to Fractions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Operations with Fractions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Introduction to Decimals
- MEGA Middle School Math: Operations with Decimals
- MEGA Middle School Math: Percents
- MEGA Middle School Math: Money & Consumer Math
- MEGA Middle School Math: Number Patterns & Sequences
- MEGA Middle School Math: Properties of Functions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Negative Numbers
- MEGA Middle School Math: Absolute Value
- MEGA Middle School Math: Inequalities
- MEGA Middle School Math: Factoring
- MEGA Middle School Math: Monomials & Polynomials
- MEGA Middle School Math: Writing Algebraic Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Basic Algebraic Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Algebraic Distribution
- MEGA Middle School Math: Solving One-Step Equations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Solving Two-Step Equations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Simplifying Rational Expressions
- MEGA Middle School Math: The Coordinate Graph
- MEGA Middle School Math: Linear Equations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Systems of Linear Equations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Rates, Ratios & Proportions
- MEGA Middle School Math: Measurements
- MEGA Middle School Math: Perimeter & Area
- MEGA Middle School Math: Polyhedrons & Geometric Solids
- MEGA Middle School Math: Symmetry, Similarity & Congruence
- MEGA Middle School Math: Properties of Lines
- MEGA Middle School Math: Angles
- MEGA Middle School Math: Triangles
- MEGA Middle School Math: Triangle Theorems & Proofs
- MEGA Middle School Math: Similar Polygons
- MEGA Middle School Math: The Pythagorean Theorem
- MEGA Middle School Math: Quadrilaterals
- MEGA Middle School Math: Circles
- MEGA Middle School Math: Circular Arcs & Measurement
- MEGA Middle School Math: Transformations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Data & Graphs
- MEGA Middle School Math: Statistics
- MEGA Middle School Math: Data Collection
- MEGA Middle School Math: Samples & Populations
- MEGA Middle School Math: Probability
- MEGA Middle School Math: Sets
- MEGA Middle School Mathematics Flashcards