A Better Question?

(I just dropped this post on the new Better Questions blog. If you have a comment, please leave it over there!)

I am giving this to my Pre-Calc class tomorrow. We’ve spent the last week graphing and playing with different conic sections. Students have gotten very confident with the standard form of each equation, and with some of the patterns in the ways that different transformations affect the graph.

Screenshot 2015-09-13 at 8.44.53 PM

(for context, this was what a student produced doing Des-Man last week)

Screenshot 2015-09-13 at 8.43.52 PM

Is this a good question? Why or why not?

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