II. Setting a Window - Finding One That Works

B. Examples

4. Rational Function Examples

Rational functions will often have vertical and/or horizontal asymptotes.

i) Example 1: Graph the function . Use parentheses. There will be vertical asymptotes of x=2 and x=-2 and a horizontal asymptote of y=0. For this example, ZOOM 4 gives a good window.

 Enter the function. Using ZOOM4.

ii) Example 2: Graph the function . The graph will have a vertical asymptote of x=-2/5 and a horizontal asymptote of y=0. ZOOM4 and ZOOM6 do not give good windows. A smaller window will work, but you should use dot mode so that the vertical line is not included. Use TABLE to find values for a new window. When you set your window, use the fact that the y-values are quite small except when very close to x=-2/5.

 Enter the function. ZOOM4 Look at table values. Set a window. Graph.

iii) Example 3: Graph the function . This function will have a vertical asymptote of x=0 and will also have a slant asymptote.

 Enter the function. Use ZOOM4.

 1. Polynomial 2. Trigonometric 3. Radical 4. Rational 5. Exponential 6. Logarithmic