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Original post by K...,

Cheers for the answer - that's reassuring. As long which approximation of pi to be used is stated in the event of it being a non-calc Q, all should be fine, as that was where my uncertainty lied. Thanks again.

No worries, rest assured they don’t leave things unspecified in the questions if it’s needed.

Original post by janet_123

hey, does anyone know the difference between an exponential and reciprocal graph. they look the exact same and i can't differentiate between either of them. i would appreciate a response ☺

The equation of an exponential is y = ab^x while the equation for a reciprocal is y = a/x or f(x) = a/x

You’ll also notice in exponential graph it increases basically to infinity, for example if you continue squaring a number it will get greater and greater.

It’s like a smooth curve that starts off less steep and then just gets increasingly steeper.

It represents increase and decay, this can be of a population, capital etc

Also, I could be wrong, but usually it doesn’t pass through 0,0 , so In that way it’s similar to reciprocal graphs

However reciprocal graphs don’t represent increase/ decay.

Reciprocal graphs have two curves that are quadratics and are reciprocals to each other, most often in gcse they are in opposite quadrants

When y = a/x a is a constant

An exponential graph on has one curve that can touch the x and y axis , a reciprocal graph cannot do this, it can get really close to both the x and y axis but it will never touch

Original post by janet_123

hey, does anyone know the difference between an exponential and reciprocal graph. they look the exact same and i can't differentiate between either of them. i would appreciate a response ☺

A basic reciprocal has asymptotes at x=0 and y=0 as the equation is

xy = a

so no solution when either x or y is zero. It lies in quadrant 1 and quadrant 3. In quadrant 1 it is a decaying curve passing through the point (sqrt(a),sqrt(a))

A negative exponential is something like

y = ae^(-x)

so it decays like a reciprocal but when x=0 it passes through y=a (rather than being a vertical asymptote). Its always positive so lies in quadrant 1 and 2. y=0 is a horizontal asymptote again, but there is no vertical asymptote.

So something like

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/1irihlsyi3

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Original post by mqb2766

A basic reciprocal has asymptotes at x=0 and y=0 as the equation is

xy = a

so no solution when either x or y is zero. It lies in quadrant 1 and quadrant 3. In quadrant 1 it is a decaying curve passing through the point (sqrt(a),sqrt(a))

A negative exponential is something like

y = ae^(-x)

so it decays like a reciprocal but when x=0 it passes through y=a (rather than being a vertical asymptote). Its always positive so lies in quadrant 1 and 2. y=0 is a horizontal asymptote again, but there is no vertical asymptote.

So something like

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/1irihlsyi3

xy = a

so no solution when either x or y is zero. It lies in quadrant 1 and quadrant 3. In quadrant 1 it is a decaying curve passing through the point (sqrt(a),sqrt(a))

A negative exponential is something like

y = ae^(-x)

so it decays like a reciprocal but when x=0 it passes through y=a (rather than being a vertical asymptote). Its always positive so lies in quadrant 1 and 2. y=0 is a horizontal asymptote again, but there is no vertical asymptote.

So something like

https://www.desmos.com/calculator/1irihlsyi3

Thank you for your explanation!

Original post by unequivocal

The equation of an exponential is y = ab^x while the equation for a reciprocal is y = a/x or f(x) = a/x

You’ll also notice in exponential graph it increases basically to infinity, for example if you continue squaring a number it will get greater and greater.

It’s like a smooth curve that starts off less steep and then just gets increasingly steeper.

It represents increase and decay, this can be of a population, capital etc

Also, I could be wrong, but usually it doesn’t pass through 0,0 , so In that way it’s similar to reciprocal graphs

However reciprocal graphs don’t represent increase/ decay.

Reciprocal graphs have two curves that are quadratics and are reciprocals to each other, most often in gcse they are in opposite quadrants

When y = a/x a is a constant

An exponential graph on has one curve that can touch the x and y axis , a reciprocal graph cannot do this, it can get really close to both the x and y axis but it will never touch

You’ll also notice in exponential graph it increases basically to infinity, for example if you continue squaring a number it will get greater and greater.

It’s like a smooth curve that starts off less steep and then just gets increasingly steeper.

It represents increase and decay, this can be of a population, capital etc

Also, I could be wrong, but usually it doesn’t pass through 0,0 , so In that way it’s similar to reciprocal graphs

However reciprocal graphs don’t represent increase/ decay.

Reciprocal graphs have two curves that are quadratics and are reciprocals to each other, most often in gcse they are in opposite quadrants

When y = a/x a is a constant

An exponential graph on has one curve that can touch the x and y axis , a reciprocal graph cannot do this, it can get really close to both the x and y axis but it will never touch

Thank you!

Is there a possibility that a non-calc Q would require you to work out the square root of a decimal? Eg. an upcoming topic in an imminent Yr 10 assessment is working out the volume of a cone - some Qs do not outright give you the height, so you need to work it out using Pythagoras. My area of concern lies around the fact that we have not been taught how to work out square roots of a decimal, & some random questions online without specifying whether calc or non-calc do have this as a step acting as a requisite to reach the answer.

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