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This module allows you to explore the structure of a quadratic equation. Each coefficient and term is associated with a scroll bar and the contribution of each term can be visualized and experimented with.
There are three basic components to this module, the set of three scrollbars associated with the coefficients, the math window showing the equation, and the chart.
When the module is started, the coefficients are zero and the constant is zero as well. This results in a graph of Y which is zero. The middle setting of the scrollbars match this state. The derivative is not shown.
The scrollbars allow you to set a coefficient to a negative or positive setting. As you manipulate the scrollbars, the math will change and the chart refreshed.
The one option in this module is the display of the derivative. If the derivative option is selected, the two equations are displayed and the derivative is graphed as a black-dashed line.
There are no keyboard entries or options in this module.