What is a parent function?

May 2010
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(x^3+x^2-6x)/(x^2+2x-8)

it's asking me to find the "parent function" of that ^ and such term is not listed in my book and not in many places on line. help? :)
 
Nov 2009
517
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Big Red, NY
(x^3+x^2-6x)/(x^2+2x-8)

it's asking me to find the "parent function" of that ^ and such term is not listed in my book and not in many places on line. help? :)
Examples of parent functions:
Constant
Linear
Quadratic
....

I think the parent function of that would be Cubic.