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Shifts in Absolute Value Graphs - Problem 5

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Teacher/Instructor Alissa Fong
Alissa Fong

MA, Stanford University
Teaching in the San Francisco Bay Area

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In the function y = a | x - h | + k, the "a" value represents making the parent V shape wider or skinnier or perhaps a reflection across the x-axis, the value of "h" represents a horizontal shift, and the value of "k" is a vertical shift. It is often useful to describe these transformations in words for each equation before sketching a graph.

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