Limits and Continuity

Lesson 1

Objective

Graph, write, and evaluate linear piecewise functions.

Criteria for Success

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  1. Describe that a piecewise function is a function that is defined differently on distinct domains. 
  2. Write equations and domain restrictions for parts of a piecewise function.
  3. Identify and graph endpoints of open and closed intervals. 
  4. Sketch linear functions on a specified domain.

Tips for Teachers

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Desmos has a tutorial, Learn Desmos: Restrictions, on creating graphs with domain or range restrictions. Take a look at this before creating the problem set and note that open and closed points must be added separately from the functions.

Anchor Problems

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Problem 1

Write the piecewise function shown in the graph below.

Guiding Questions

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Problem 2

Graph the following piecewise function. Describe whether the function is continuous or discontinuous.

$$f(x)=\left\{\begin{matrix} -{1\over2}x+4, \space x>2 \\ -2x+1, \space \space \space -2<x\leq2 \end{matrix}\right.$$

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Problem Set

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The following resources include problems and activities aligned to the objective of the lesson that can be used to create your own problem set.

  • Include problems where functions:
    • Have a break on the $${{y-}}$$axis
    • Have a break on a value other than the $${{y-}}$$axis
    • Have a mix of negative, positive and zero slopes
    • Error analysis where the domain restrictions are not applied appropriately and the graph is not a function (both graphically and algebraically)
  • Desmos Domain and Range Introduction(This activity can be copied and revised to just be linear functions, or you can use it with non-linear for JUST the domain restrictions on pieces.)
  • Kuta Software Free Precalculus Worksheets Free Precalculus WorksheetsAny in the "Functions" section

Target Task

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Problem 1

Graph the piecewise function.

$${f(x)=\left\{\begin{matrix}x-4, \space \mathrm{if}\space x\leq1 \\ 3x,\space \mathrm{if}\space x>1 \end{matrix}\right.}$$

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Problem 2

Write equations for the piecewise function shown below.