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Absolute Values of Linear Functions

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In this activity students are asked to investigate the path of golf balls on a miniature golf course and describe the path using functions involving absolute value.

Mathematics:  Students derive and model ‘paths’ using absolute value functions.

Mathematics Thinking: Students will make predictions, using geometric intuition, about the paths of golf balls, analyze graphs of functions, and determine equations that model the path.

Technology: Students will use the “Absolute Value of Linear Function” activity developed by located at:

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