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The word "parameter" has many different but related meanings in math, science and engineering. The Wikipedia article mentions many of these meanings, but it does not mention the role of parameters in families of functions.

These posts in Gyre&Gimble illustrate some parametrized families of functions:

The Wolfram Demonstrations website has many CDF demos you can download. My Mathematica website has downloadable code for the Mathematica .cdf and .nb files concerning various topics that are used on my blog. You need Mathematica CDF player (free) to manipulate the .cdf files and Mathematica itself (which many universities make available free to students) to experiment with changing the programs.

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