# 43 Patterns and Nonlinear Functions `4&shy;3 Patterns and Nonlinear Functions nonlinear (adjective) nahn LIN ee ur Related Words: line (noun), linear (adjective) Definition: Something that is nonlinear is not in a straight line. Math Usage: A nonlinear function is a function whose graph is not a line or part of a line. A linear function is a function whose graph is a line or part of a line. Common Usage: A nonlinear narrative is a story where the events are told out of chronological order. A nonlinear function is a function whose graph is not a line or part of a line. Essential Understanding just like linear functions, nonlinear functions can be represented using words, tables, equations, sets of ordered pairs, and graphs. Graph the function shown by each table below. Tell whether the function is linear or nonlinear. A.) B.) C.) Each set of ordered pair represents a function. Write a rule that represents the function. D.) (0, 0) , (1, 4) , (2, 16) , (3, 36) , (4, 64) E.) (1, 2) , (2, 16) , (3, 54) , (4, 128) , (5, 250) `