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### Example Question #1 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Refer to the above figure.

Which of the following functions is graphed?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Below is the graph of :

The given graph is the graph of reflected in the -axis, then translated up 6 units. This graph is

, where .

The function graphed is therefore

### Example Question #2 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Refer to the above figure.

Which of the following functions is graphed?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

Below is the graph of :

The given graph is the graph of reflected in the -axis, then translated left 2 units (or, equivalently, right units. This graph is

, where .

The function graphed is therefore

### Example Question #2 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Refer to the above figure.

Which of the following functions is graphed?

**Possible Answers:**

The correct answer is not given among the other responses.

**Correct answer:**

Below is the graph of :

The given graph is the graph of translated by moving the graph 7 units left (that is, unit right) and 2 units down (that is, units up)

The function graphed is therefore

where . That is,

### Example Question #3 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

What is the equation of the above function?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

The formula of an absolute value function is where m is the slope, a is the horizontal shift and b is the vertical shift. The slope can be found with any two adjacent integer points, e.g. and , and plugging them into the slope formula, , yielding . The vertical and horizontal shifts are determined by where the crux of the absolute value function is. In this case, at , and those are your a and b, respectively.

### Example Question #4 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Which of the following absolute value functions is represented by the above graph?

**Possible Answers:**

The equation cannot be determined from the graph.

**Correct answer:**

The equation can be determined from the graph by following the rules of transformations; the base equation is:

The graph of this base equation is:

When we compare our graph to the base equation graph, we see that it has been shifted *right* 3 units, *up* 1 unit, and our graph has been *stretched vertically* by a factor of 2. Following the rules of transformations, the equation for our graph is written as:

### Example Question #5 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Give the vertex of the graph of the function .

**Possible Answers:**

None of the other choices gives the correct response.

**Correct answer:**

Let

The graph of this basic absolute value function is a "V"-shaped graph with a vertex at the origin, or the point with coordinates . In terms of ,

The graph of this function can be formed by shifting the graph of left 6 units ( ) and down 7 units (). The vertex is therefore located at .

### Example Question #7 : Graphing Absolute Value Functions

Give the vertex of the graph of the function .

**Possible Answers:**

None of the other choices gives the correct response.

**Correct answer:**

Let

The graph of this basic absolute value function is a "V"-shaped graph with a vertex at the origin, or the point with coordinates . In terms of ,

,

or, alternatively written,

The graph of is the same as that of , after it shifts 10 units left ( ), it flips vertically (negative symbol), and it shifts up 10 units (the second ). The flip does not affect the position of the vertex, but the shifts do; the vertex of the graph of is at .

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