Interactive simulation on graphing 2nd degree polynomials (aka, quadratics). Nicely shows what each coefficient contributes.

Learn about graphing polynomials. The shape of the curve changes as the constants are adjusted. View the curves for the individual terms (e.g. y=bx ) to see how they add to generate the polynomial curve.

Especially good for constant acceleration problems in physics. These produce 2nd degree polynomials of distance vs time.

URL — http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/equation-grapher

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PhET is a collection of online science and math simulations sponsored by the University of Colorado, Boulder. They can be run from any web browser provided Java/and or Flash are installed on your local computer.

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Posted on August 26, 2010byMichael Garrett0