Lesson 4 Rabbit Run Solidify Understanding


Calculate the slope of the line between the given points.






Consider the lines that would go through each of the pairs of points; which line would be the steepest?


For problems 6–13 use the following situation.

Adam and his brother are responsible for feeding their horses. In the spring and summer the horses graze in an unfenced pasture. The brothers have erected a portable fence to corral the horses in a grazing area. Each day the horses eat all of the grass inside the fence. Then the boys move the fence to a new area where the grass is long and green. The brothers have always arranged the fence in a long rectangle with feet by feet for an area of . Adam has learned in his math class that a rectangle can have the same perimeter but different areas.

He is beginning to wonder if he can make his daily job easier by rearranging the fence so that the horses have a bigger grazing area. He begins by making a table of values. He lists areas of rectangles with a perimeter of . He realizes that a rectangle that is oriented horizontally in the pasture will cover a different section of grass than one that is oriented vertically. So he is considering the two rectangles as different in his table.

Two rectangles with the same dimensions. The horizontal rectangle has a long width and shorter height. The vertical rectangle has a short width and longer height.HorizontalVertical


Fill in Adam’s table with all of the arrangements for the fence. (The first one is done for you.)

Length in ft

Width in ft




Discuss Adam’s findings. Explain how you would rearrange the fence so that Adam will be able to do less work.


Make a graph of Adam’s investigation. Let length be the independent variable and area be the dependent variable. Label the scale so all points from the table show on the grid provided.

a blank 17 by 17 grid


Describe the shape of your graph.


Write an equation for the area based on any given side length, , of fence for the rectangle.


Write an equation to find the area for a rectangle with a side length of . Write another equation to find the area for a rectangle with side length of . Solve and find the areas that go with the side lengths.


Which other rectangles will have the same area as the rectangles with side lengths of and ?

Mark these on the graph.


Explain what makes this function a quadratic.


Determine which function will be increasing faster when is very large.


Two linear functions labeled fx and gx on the same coordinate plane. fx passes through (-3, -3) and (0, 2). gx passes through (0, -2) and (1, 4).xy


Two linear functions labeled dx and hx on the same coordinate plane. dx passes through (-7, -1) and (0, -2). hx passes through (-7, 2), (0, 2) and (3, 2).xy


Two linear functions labeled mx and nx on the same coordinate plane. mx passes through (-6, -3) and (4, 2). nx passes through (-6, -1) and (6, 1).xy


17) Two linear functions labeled rx and sx on the same coordinate plane. rx passes through (-4, -2) and (2, 0). sx passes through (-4, -1) and (4, 1).xy


two exponential functions on a coordinate plane labeled f of x and g of x xy


two exponential functions on a coordinate plane labeled p of x and q of x xy


a linear function s of x and a curved line of r of x are graphed on a coordinate plane xy


Examine the graph from to . Which graph do you think is growing faster?


Now look at the graph from to . Which graph is growing faster in this interval?