### Y proportional to the inverse of X

Y proportional to the inverse of X is a common form of equations in physics and a curved graph like this will show the connection between the two. For example from the wave equation velocity = frequency x wavelength (V=fλ) then f is proportional to 1/λ. Since X can be either positive or negative Y can also be positive or negative

### Y proportional to X squared

The connection Y proportional to X squared is another common connection in physics equations. For example Kinetic energy = 1/2 mass x velocity squared (KE= 1/2mv^{2}) and Einsteins famous equation E=mc^{2}

Y will be always be positive even when X is negative because the square of a negative number is positive.

### Y proportional to root X

Y proportional or equal to the square root of X also written Y = √X and Y = X^{1/2 }

Equations of this form are also common in physics, for example, velocity is proportional to the square root of kinetic energy √2 KE/m = v

Since it is not possible to have a negative value of a square root both X and Y are always positive.

### Exponential graphs in physics

Exponential graphs are important in several aspects of science for example in expanding populations, in the charge and discharge of capacitors and in radioactive decay.

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