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Access these online resources for additional instruction and practice with quadratic equations.

Key equations

general form of a quadratic function f ( x ) = a x 2 + b x + c
the quadratic formula x = b ± b 2 4 a c 2 a
standard form of a quadratic function f ( x ) = a ( x h ) 2 + k

Key concepts

  • A polynomial function of degree two is called a quadratic function.
  • The graph of a quadratic function is a parabola. A parabola is a U-shaped curve that can open either up or down.
  • The axis of symmetry is the vertical line passing through the vertex. The zeros, or x - intercepts, are the points at which the parabola crosses the x - axis. The y - intercept is the point at which the parabola crosses the y - axis. See [link] , [link] , and [link] .
  • Quadratic functions are often written in general form. Standard or vertex form is useful to easily identify the vertex of a parabola. Either form can be written from a graph. See [link] .
  • The vertex can be found from an equation representing a quadratic function. See [link] .
  • The domain of a quadratic function is all real numbers. The range varies with the function. See [link] .
  • A quadratic function’s minimum or maximum value is given by the y - value of the vertex.
  • The minimum or maximum value of a quadratic function can be used to determine the range of the function and to solve many kinds of real-world problems, including problems involving area and revenue. See [link] and [link] .
  • Some quadratic equations must be solved by using the quadratic formula. See [link] .
  • The vertex and the intercepts can be identified and interpreted to solve real-world problems. See [link] .

Section exercises

Verbal

Explain the advantage of writing a quadratic function in standard form.

When written in that form, the vertex can be easily identified.

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How can the vertex of a parabola be used in solving real world problems?

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Explain why the condition of a 0 is imposed in the definition of the quadratic function.

If a = 0 then the function becomes a linear function.

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What is another name for the standard form of a quadratic function?

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What two algebraic methods can be used to find the horizontal intercepts of a quadratic function?

If possible, we can use factoring. Otherwise, we can use the quadratic formula.

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Algebraic

For the following exercises, rewrite the quadratic functions in standard form and give the vertex.

f ( x ) = x 2 12 x + 32

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g ( x ) = x 2 + 2 x 3

f ( x ) = ( x + 1 ) 2 2 , Vertex ( 1 , 4 )

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f ( x ) = x 2 + 5 x 2

f ( x ) = ( x + 5 2 ) 2 33 4 , Vertex ( 5 2 , 33 4 )

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h ( x ) = 2 x 2 + 8 x 10

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k ( x ) = 3 x 2 6 x 9

f ( x ) = 3 ( x 1 ) 2 12 , Vertex ( 1 , 12 )

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f ( x ) = 3 x 2 5 x 1

f ( x ) = 3 ( x 5 6 ) 2 37 12 , Vertex ( 5 6 , 37 12 )

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For the following exercises, determine whether there is a minimum or maximum value to each quadratic function. Find the value and the axis of symmetry.

y ( x ) = 2 x 2 + 10 x + 12

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f ( x ) = 2 x 2 10 x + 4

Minimum is 17 2 and occurs at 5 2 . Axis of symmetry is x = 5 2 .

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f ( x ) = x 2 + 4 x + 3

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f ( x ) = 4 x 2 + x 1

Minimum is 17 16 and occurs at 1 8 . Axis of symmetry is x = 1 8 .

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h ( t ) = 4 t 2 + 6 t 1

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f ( x ) = 1 2 x 2 + 3 x + 1

Minimum is 7 2 and occurs at 3. Axis of symmetry is x = 3.

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Questions & Answers

what is set?
Kelvin Reply
a colony of bacteria is growing exponentially doubling in size every 100 minutes. how much minutes will it take for the colony of bacteria to triple in size
Divya Reply
I got 300 minutes. is it right?
Patience
no. should be about 150 minutes.
Jason
It should be 158.5 minutes.
Mr
ok, thanks
Patience
100•3=300 300=50•2^x 6=2^x x=log_2(6) =2.5849625 so, 300=50•2^2.5849625 and, so, the # of bacteria will double every (100•2.5849625) = 258.49625 minutes
Thomas
what is the importance knowing the graph of circular functions?
Arabella Reply
can get some help basic precalculus
ismail Reply
What do you need help with?
Andrew
how to convert general to standard form with not perfect trinomial
Camalia Reply
can get some help inverse function
ismail
Rectangle coordinate
Asma Reply
how to find for x
Jhon Reply
it depends on the equation
Robert
yeah, it does. why do we attempt to gain all of them one side or the other?
Melissa
whats a domain
mike Reply
The domain of a function is the set of all input on which the function is defined. For example all real numbers are the Domain of any Polynomial function.
Spiro
Spiro; thanks for putting it out there like that, 😁
Melissa
foci (–7,–17) and (–7,17), the absolute value of the differenceof the distances of any point from the foci is 24.
Churlene Reply
difference between calculus and pre calculus?
Asma Reply
give me an example of a problem so that I can practice answering
Jenefa Reply
x³+y³+z³=42
Robert
dont forget the cube in each variable ;)
Robert
of she solves that, well ... then she has a lot of computational force under her command ....
Walter
what is a function?
CJ Reply
I want to learn about the law of exponent
Quera Reply
explain this
Hinderson Reply
what is functions?
Angel Reply
A mathematical relation such that every input has only one out.
Spiro
yes..it is a relationo of orders pairs of sets one or more input that leads to a exactly one output.
Mubita
Is a rule that assigns to each element X in a set A exactly one element, called F(x), in a set B.
RichieRich
Practice Key Terms 6

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