FNGR 1 | Lesson 4 | Explore (Horizontal Translations)

Horizontal Translations

A horizontal transformation occurs when we add or subtract a constant value to the inputs. It is represented as either \(f(x+h)\) or \(f(x-h)\).


The parent function for the exponential is \(f(x)=2^x\):

If we translate this graph left 4 units we end up with this graph:

The new equation for the function is \(f(x)=2^{(x+4)}\).

Examine the table of values for the original and the new functions:

\(x\) \(f(x)=2^x\)
\(-2\) \(\dfrac{1}{4}\)
\(-1\) \(\dfrac{1}{2}\)
\(0\) \(1\)
\(1\) \(2\)
\(2\) \(4\)
\(x\)j0 \(f(x)=2^{(x+4)}\)
\(-6\) \(\dfrac{1}{4}\)
\(-5\) \(\dfrac{1}{2}\)
\(-4\) \(1\)
\(-3\) \(2\)
\(-2\) \(4\)

What do you notice? What do you wonder? Describe what you think is happening in your own words. How does this compare to the graphs above?

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