Gaussian
functions of the form
f(x) = a e ^{ (x  b) 2 /c}
and the properties of their graphs are explored.
Parameters a, b and c defining the gaussian function are changed and their effects analyzed.
TUTORIAL
1  click on the button above "draw" to start. The graph of the gaussian function is displayed.
2  Use the sliders to set parameters b to 0 and c to 1 and change parameter a. What happens to the graph?
3  Now set parameters a to 1 and c to 1 and change parameter b. What happens to the graph? Explain analytically.
4  Set parameters a to 1 and b to 0 and change parameter c. What happens to the graph when c takes small values? What happens to the graph when c takes larger values?
ANSWERS TO THE ABOVE QUESTIONS
2  The graph expands vertically as a increases. The y values of the points making the graph are multiplied by the value of a.
3  As b increases, the graph is shifted to the right. As b decreases the graph is shifted to the left.
4  As c is made small, the graph shrinks horizontally. As c is made large, the graph expands horizontally.
