Exploring the properties of non-linear functions. SC

Students should be able to distinguish between a linear and quadratic graph, plot graphs of quadratic functions of the form y = x2 ± c and sketch a simple quadratic graph

Some students may incorrectly square negative values of x when plotting graphs of quadratic functions. Some may interpret a sketch is a very rough drawing. They need to appreciate that it should still be neat and identify key features, but will not be drawn to scale

Some pupils may think that the graph y = x2 + c is the graph of y = x2 translated horizontally.