Welcome to Name That Function (NTF). NTF is a game in which players try to give functions meaningful names by analyzing inputs and outputs.
The first NTF was created on 6 June 2007 while MathBabbler was conducting a beginning Algebra class at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona.
NTFs are not yet at version 1.0 (i.e. they are still being developed). [update::2016.09.13] NTF has yet to reach version 1.0.
NTF directory listings: 2007 | 2008 | 2016
During class, we announce It's time to play... Name That Function [YouTube video]
Creator: Gerald D. Thurman
Created: 11 June 2007
Name That Function was modelled after the "Bid-a-Note" game that was part of the "Name That Tune" game show. MathBabbler remembers this game show from the late-1970s; however, the game show originally aired during the mid-1950s.
In the Bid-a-Note game, two players would be given clues about a song. If one player felt they knew the song, they would say "I can name that tune in 'x' notes." If 'x' was one, then the player would have to name the tune; otherwise, the other player could announce that they could name the tune in fewer notes (e.g. 'x' minus one notes) or else they would tell their opponent to "name that tune."
The goal when playing NTF is to name a function using a minimal number of inputs and outputs. The only "clues" given about a function are the function's domain and range. NTFs might contain hints to help players "see" the relationship between inputs and outputs.