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#1**0 **

A parent function is the original function (before the transformation).

There are probably better/correct answers than this...

Gh0sty15 Sep 12, 2017

#2**0 **

I agree with Gh0sty15 that it is hard to explain if you do not know what it is, but I will give it my best shot!

A parent function is the simplest representation of a family of functions.

For example, let's figure out the parent function of a linear equation. It is:

\(y=x\)

As you can see above, this is the simplest way to represent a linear function. Now, let's try to represent a quadratic function.

\(y=x^2\)

The above is the least amount required to get a parabola when it is graphed.

TheXSquaredFactor Sep 12, 2017