Variation of a Function - Examples, Exercises and Solutions

Rate of Change of a Function Represented Graphically

The rate of change of a function represented graphically allows us to determine in a much more intuitive way whether it is a constant (fixed) or inconstant (not fixed) rate, and also if it is a faster (steeper slope) or slower (more moderate slope) rate.

The following graph can demonstrate the aforementioned in the best way:

Rate of Change of a Function Represented Graphically

1- Rate of Change of a Function Represented Graphically

Let's observe the graph. We will notice that it is divided into 4 different branches. Now we will analyze each of the branches:

  • Branch 1: the graph rises (increasing function) at a constant rate (straight line).
  • Branch 2: The graph falls (decreasing function) at a constant rate (straight line).
  • Branch 3: the graph rises (increasing function) at a constant rate (straight line) and more quickly than branch 1 (the slope is steeper).
  • Branch 4: The graph falls (decreasing function) at a constant rate (straight line) and more slowly than branch 2 (the slope is more moderate).

Suggested Topics to Practice in Advance

  1. Ways to represent a function
  2. Representing a Function Verbally and with Tables
  3. Graphical Representation of a Function
  4. Algebraic Representation of a Function
  5. Notation of a Function

Practice Variation of a Function

Exercise #1

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #2

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #3

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #4

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #5

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #1

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #2

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #3

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #4

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #5

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #1

Given the following graph, determine whether function is constant

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Video Solution

Answer

constant

Exercise #2

Given the following graph, determine whether the rate of change is uniform or not

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #3

Given a table showing points on the graph of a function, determine whether or not the rate of change is uniform.

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Exercise #4

Given a table showing points on the graph of a function, determine whether or not the rate of change is uniform.

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Video Solution

Answer

Non-uniform

Exercise #5

Given a table showing points on the graph of a function, determine whether or not the rate of change is uniform.

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Video Solution

Answer

Uniform

Topics learned in later sections

  1. Rate of Change of a Function
  2. Variation of a Function
  3. Rate of change represented with steps in the graph of the function
  4. Constant Rate of Change
  5. Variable Rate of Change
  6. Rate of Change of a Function Represented by a Table of Values
  7. Functions for Seventh Grade
  8. Increasing and Decreasing Intervals (Functions)
  9. Increasing functions
  10. Decreasing function
  11. Constant Function
  12. Decreasing Interval of a function
  13. Increasing Intervals of a function
  14. Domain of a Function
  15. Indefinite integral
  16. Inputing Values into a Function