Talk:Graph of a function

Revision as of 18:44, 13 August 2006 by Myself (talk | contribs) (Using ''we'' in mathematical writing)

I don't think this is a very clear explanation of graphing polynomials. I think the general idea of a graph should be shown instead; explaining what a graph is (representation of f(x) vs. x), instead of having a tutorial of graphing polynomials, since the graphs drawn by these tutorials won't be really accurate anyways. What does everyone else think? Myself 01:23, 13 August 2006 (EDT)


How would you draw more accurate graphs? How accurate do the graphs need to be? What is the purpose of drawing a graph? Certainly we can't use graphs as evidence in a rigorous proof. Graphs provide a visual way to look at functions and allow for conjectures about them as one use, right? I don't see why we should take out the tutorial on graphing. Certainly please add any additional info you think is pertinent (like f(x) vs. x).

I just don't see how useful knowing what a graph is if you can't draw one. --Joe 11:07, 13 August 2006 (EDT)

To clarify, what I was saying is that the graphs are not accurate because they are not graphs, they are approximations. Take a look at the 2nd "graph". It says,
Likewise, a sign analysis on the intervals (-3/2,1) and (1,∞) allows the graph to be drawn as a smooth curve curve through the zeros using this information as a guideline
Notice how this does not mention anything about drawing a graph but only describes a way to approximate one. With an actual graph, you can get the value of each point, but with these, you get different values depending on what you draw.Myself 19:41, 13 August 2006 (EDT)

Using we in mathematical writing

It's ok to use the first person "we" in mathematical writing (this isn't english class :P ). Here are some references: here and here. You can just leave the page how it is for now. --Joe 11:27, 13 August 2006 (EDT)

Of course it's okay to use "we" in mathematical writing, but I thought the AoPS wiki was for definition/guides to problem solving and problem solving topics? Perhaps I am being too picky, or am reading too much Wikipedia.Myself 19:44, 13 August 2006 (EDT)
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