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The quadratic equation h = −16 t 2 + 128 t + 32 is used to find the height of a stone thrown upward from a height of 32 feet at a rate of 128 ft/sec. How long will it take for the stone to reach its maximum height? What is the maximum height? Round answers to the nearest tenth.

It will take 4 seconds to reach the maximum height of 288 feet.

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A toy rocket shot upward from the ground at a rate of 208 ft/sec has the quadratic equation of h = −16 t 2 + 208 t . When will the rocket reach its maximum height? What will be the maximum height? Round answers to the nearest tenth.

It will take 6.5 seconds to reach the maximum height of 676 feet.

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Key concepts

  • The graph of every quadratic equation is a parabola.
  • Parabola Orientation For the quadratic equation y = a x 2 + b x + c , if
    • a > 0 , the parabola opens upward.
    • a < 0 , the parabola opens downward.
  • Axis of Symmetry and Vertex of a Parabola For a parabola with equation y = a x 2 + b x + c :
    • The axis of symmetry of a parabola is the line x = b 2 a .
    • The vertex is on the axis of symmetry, so its x -coordinate is b 2 a .
    • To find the y -coordinate of the vertex we substitute x = b 2 a into the quadratic equation.
  • Find the Intercepts of a Parabola To find the intercepts of a parabola with equation y = a x 2 + b x + c :
    y -intercept x -intercepts Let x = 0 and solve for y . Let y = 0 and solve for x .
  • To Graph a Quadratic Equation in Two Variables
    1. Write the quadratic equation with y on one side.
    2. Determine whether the parabola opens upward or downward.
    3. Find the axis of symmetry.
    4. Find the vertex.
    5. Find the y -intercept. Find the point symmetric to the y -intercept across the axis of symmetry.
    6. Find the x -intercepts.
    7. Graph the parabola.
  • Minimum or Maximum Values of a Quadratic Equation
    • The y - coordinate of the vertex of the graph of a quadratic equation is the
    • minimum value of the quadratic equation if the parabola opens upward.
    • maximum value of the quadratic equation if the parabola opens downward.

Practice makes perfect

Recognize the Graph of a Quadratic Equation in Two Variables

In the following exercises, graph:

In the following exercises, determine if the parabola opens up or down.

y = −2 x 2 6 x 7

down

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y = −9 x 2 24 x 16

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Find the Axis of Symmetry and Vertex of a Parabola

In the following exercises, find the axis of symmetry and the vertex.

y = x 2 + 8 x 1

x = −4 ( −4 , −17 )

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y = x 2 + 2 x + 5

x = 1 ( 1 , 6 )

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y = −2 x 2 8 x 3

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Find the Intercepts of a Parabola

In the following exercises, find the x - and y -intercepts.

y = x 2 + 7 x + 6

y : ( 0 , 6 ) ; x : ( −1 , 0 ) , ( −6 , 0 )

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y = x 2 + 8 x 19

y : ( 0 , 19 ) ; x : none

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y = 4 x 2 20 x + 25

y : ( 0 , 25 ) ; x : ( 5 2 , 0 )

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y = x 2 14 x 49

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Graph Quadratic Equations in Two Variables

In the following exercises, graph by using intercepts, the vertex, and the axis of symmetry.

y = x 2 + 6 x + 5

y : ( 0 , 5 ) ; x : ( −1 , 0 ) , ( −5 , 0 ) ;
axis: x = −3 ; vertex : ( −3 , −4 )
This figure shows an upward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The x-axis of the plane runs from -10 to 10. The y-axis of the plane runs from -10 to 10. The parabola has points plotted at the vertex (-3, -4) and the intercepts (-5, 0), (-1, 0) and (0, 5). Also on the graph is a dashed vertical line representing the axis of symmetry. The line goes through the vertex at x equals -3.

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y = x 2 + 4 x + 3

y : ( 0 , 3 ) ; x : ( −1 , 0 ) , ( −3 , 0 ) ;
axis: x = −2 ; vertex: ( −2 , −1 )
This figure shows an upward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The x-axis of the plane runs from -10 to 10. The y-axis of the plane runs from -10 to 10. The parabola has points plotted at the vertex (-2, -1) and the intercepts (-1, 0), (-3, 0) and (0, 3). Also on the graph is a dashed vertical line representing the axis of symmetry. The line goes through the vertex at x equals -2.

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y = 9 x 2 + 12 x + 4

y : ( 0 , 4 ) x : ( 2 3 , 0 ) ;
axis: x = 2 3 ; vertex: ( 2 3 , 0 )
This figure shows an upward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The x-axis of the plane runs from -5 to 5. The y-axis of the plane runs from -5 to 5. The parabola has points plotted at the vertex (-2 thirds, 0) and the intercept (0, 4). Also on the graph is a dashed vertical line representing the axis of symmetry. The line goes through the vertex at x equals -2 thirds.

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y = x 2 + 8 x 16

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y = x 2 + 2 x 7

y : ( 0 , −7 ) ; x : none ;
axis: x = 1 ; vertex : ( 1 , −6 )
This figure shows a downward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The x-axis of the plane runs from -10 to 10. The y-axis of the plane runs from -15 to 5. The parabola has points plotted at the vertex (1, -6) and the intercept (0, -7). Also on the graph is a dashed vertical line representing the axis of symmetry. The line goes through the vertex at x equals 1.

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Questions & Answers

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Navin Reply
What is this?
Donna
the proudact of 3x^3-5×^2+3 and 2x^2+5x-4 in z7[x]/ is
anas Reply
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Choli
a rock is thrown directly upward with an initial velocity of 96feet per second from a cliff 190 feet above a beach. The hight of tha rock above the beach after t second is given by the equation h=_16t^2+96t+190
Usman
Stella bought a dinette set on sale for $725. The original price was $1,299. To the nearest tenth of a percent, what was the rate of discount?
Manhwa Reply
44.19%
Scott
40.22%
Terence
44.2%
Orlando
I don't know
Donna
if you want the discounted price subtract $725 from $1299. then divide the answer by $1299. you get 0.4419... but as percent you get 44.19... but to the nearest tenth... round .19 to .2 and you get 44.2%
Orlando
you could also just divide $725/$1299 and then subtract it from 1. then you get the same answer.
Orlando
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Tausif
p mulripied-5 and addto30
Tausif
Can you explain further
Monica Reply
p mulripied-5 and add to 30
Tausif
How do you find divisible numbers without a calculator?
Jacob Reply
TAKE OFF THE LAST DIGIT AND MULTIPLY IT 9. SUBTRACT IT THE DIGITS YOU HAVE LEFT. IF THE ANSWER DIVIDES BY 13(OR IS ZERO), THEN YOUR ORIGINAL NUMBER WILL ALSO DIVIDE BY 13!IS DIVISIBLE BY 13
BAINAMA
When she graduates college, Linda will owe $43,000 in student loans. The interest rate on the federal loans is 4.5% and the rate on the private bank loans is 2%. The total interest she owes for one year was $1,585. What is the amount of each loan?
Ariana Reply
Sean took the bus from Seattle to Boise, a distance of 506 miles. If the trip took 7 2/3 hours, what was the speed of the bus?
Kirisma Reply
66miles/hour
snigdha
How did you work it out?
Esther
s=mi/hr 2/3~0.67 s=506mi/7.67hr = ~66 mi/hr
Orlando
hello, I have algebra phobia. Subtracting negative numbers always seem to get me confused.
Alicia Reply
what do you need help in?
Felix
subtracting a negative....is adding!!
Heather
look at the numbers if they have different signs, it's like subtracting....but you keep the sign of the largest number...
Felix
for example.... -19 + 7.... different signs...subtract.... 12 keep the sign of the "largest" number 19 is bigger than 7.... 19 has the negative sign... Therefore, -12 is your answer...
Felix
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Niazmohammad
Thanks Felix.l also get confused with signs.
Esther
Thank you for this
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Graham
think about it like you lost $19 (-19), then found $7(+7). Totally you lost just $12 (-12)
Annushka
I used to struggle a lot with negative numbers and math in general what I typically do is look at it in terms of money I have -$5 in my account I then take out 5 more dollars how much do I have in my account well-$10 ... I also for a long time would draw it out on a number line to visualize it
Meg
practicing with smaller numbers to understand then working with larger numbers helps too and the song/rhyme same sign add and keep opposite signs subtract keep the sign of the bigger # then you'll be exact
Meg
Bruce drives his car for his job. The equation R=0.575m+42 models the relation between the amount in dollars, R, that he is reimbursed and the number of miles, m, he drives in one day. Find the amount Bruce is reimbursed on a day when he drives 220 miles
John Reply
168.50=R
Heather
john is 5years older than wanjiru.the sum of their years is27years.what is the age of each
achol Reply
46
mustee
j 17 w 11
Joseph
john is 16. wanjiru is 11.
Felix
27-5=22 22÷2=11 11+5=16
Joyce
where's the answers?
Ed Reply
I don't see where the answers are.
Ed
Cindy and Richard leave their dorm in Charleston at the same time. Cindy rides her bicycle north at a speed of 18 miles per hour. Richard rides his bicycle south at a speed of 14 miles per hour. How long will it take them to be 96 miles apart?
Maddy Reply
3
Christopher
18t+14t=96 32t=96 32/96 3
Christopher
show that a^n-b^2n is divisible by a-b
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What does 3 times your weight right now
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Use algebra to combine 39×5 and the half sum of travel of 59+30
Cherokee
What is the segment of 13? Explain
Cherokee
my weight is 49. So 3 times is 147
Cherokee
kg to lbs you goin to convert 2.2 or one if the same unit your going to time your body weight by 3. example if my body weight is 210lb. what would be my weight if I was 3 times as much in kg. that's you do 210 x3 = 630lb. then 630 x 2.2= .... hope this helps
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How to convert grams to pounds?
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