Thinking about teaching functions in the next few weeks (to UK Year 12 ages 16-17) I realised that I could use Desmos to illustrate composite functions; the following slideshow illustrates the syntax.

We can also use Desmos to illustrate a function and its inverse. To create the page below (select the image), I started with a graph already onlineillustrating the general case of a quadratic function and its inverse and simplified it. f(x) and g(x) can be changed to a different function and its inverse. Note that the domain of f(x) can be changed.

It is also possible to define a function with more than one argument and use Desmos as a calculator

For some clear examples and a resource to point students to, Functions from The University of Plymouth Mathematics Support Materials is useful. The format used in this series makes the examples clear and all the exercises given have answers.

Functions – Plymouth University

Other useful resources (requires Java) include the Wisweb applets, algebra arrows could be used to demonstrate functions and their inverses as shown in the following images.

I was trying to think about this inspired by your post. The effect of the composition is so different from other operations with which stus have experience, how can we show where the new graph comes from in Desmos. This is my best try so far: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/dqy14pggyy

I was trying to think about this inspired by your post. The effect of the composition is so different from other operations with which stus have experience, how can we show where the new graph comes from in Desmos. This is my best try so far: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/dqy14pggyy

I like that! Agreed it’s tricky. Will keep thinking!