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2.14.1 Drawing Graphs - Shapes

Why do we need to know what graphs look like?

  • Graphs are used in various aspects of mathematics – but in the real world they can take on specific meanings
  • For example a linear (straight line) graph could be the path a ship needs to sail along to get from one port to another
  • An exponential graph (y=kx) can be used to model population growth – for instance to monitor wildlife conservation projects

Drawing graphs – shapes

  • Recalling facts alone won’t do much for boosting your GCSE Mathematics grade!
  • But being familiar with the general shapes of graphs will help you quickly recognise the sort of maths you are dealing with and features of the graph a question may refer to

5.2.1 Drawing graphs - Shapes, Edexcel GCSE Maths revision notes

Worked Example

Drawing graphs - Shapes Worked Example 1, downloadable IGCSE & GCSE Maths revision notes


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