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what is a parent function

 Sep 12, 2017
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A parent function is the original function (before the transformation).

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

 Sep 12, 2017
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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. 

 Sep 12, 2017
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Thanks. You explained it much better than I did! laugh

Gh0sty15  Sep 12, 2017

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