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1-128.

While studying the finite differences of a particular function, Neo noticed that the differences changed linearly. What can you tell him about the original function? Also, how do his finite differences change?

A linear changing difference is a difference that increases or decreases in greater amounts each time. For example, if $f(1) = 1, f(2) = 4, f(3) = 9, f(4) = 16$, then the differences are $3$, $5$ and $7$, respectively, and changing linearly, in this case with the linear rule, $2x + 1$. What kind of function has this kind of change?

Take a quadratic function and list out some successive differences. For example, let's take the differences from the earlier hint: $3$, $5$, and $7$. What is the difference between these differences and how do they change? If they don't change, what is the term for that?