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Finding the y -intercept by substituting x = 0 into the equation is easy, isn’t it? But we needed to use the Quadratic Formula to find the x -intercepts in [link] . We will use the Quadratic Formula again in the next example.

Graph y = 2 x 2 4 x 3 .

Solution

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The equation y has one side.
Since a is 2, the parabola opens upward.
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To find the axis of symmetry, find x = b 2 a . .
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The axis of symmetry is x = 1 .
The vertex on the line x = 1 . .
Find y when x = 1 . .
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The vertex is ( 1 , 5 ) .
The y -intercept occurs when x = 0 . .
Substitute x = 0 . .
Simplify. .
The y- intercept is ( 0 , −3 ) .
The point ( 0 , −3 ) is one unit to the left of the line of symmetry.
The point one unit to the right of the line of symmetry is ( 2 , −3 )
Point symmetric to the y- intercept is ( 2 , −3 ) .
The x -intercept occurs when y = 0 . .
Substitute y = 0 . .
Use the Quadratic Formula. .
Substitute in the values of a, b, c. .
Simplify. .
Simplify inside the radical. .
Simplify the radical. .
Factor the GCF. .
Remove common factors. .
Write as two equations. .
Approximate the values. .
The approximate values of the x- intercepts are ( 2.5 , 0 ) and ( −0.6 , 0 ) .
Graph the parabola using the points found. .
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Graph the parabola y = 5 x 2 + 10 x + 3 .

y : ( 0 , 3 ) ; x : ( −1.6 , 0 ) , ( −0.4 , 0 ) ;
axis: x = −1 ; vertex: ( −1 , −2 ) ;
The graph 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 vertex is at the point (-1,-2). Three other points are plotted on the curve at (0, 3), (-1.6, 0), (-0.4, 0). 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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Graph the parabola y = −3 x 2 6 x + 5 .

y : ( 0 , 5 ) ; x : ( 0.6 , 0 ) , ( −2.6 , 0 ) ;
axis: x = −1 ; vertex: ( −1 , 8 ) ;
The graph shows an 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 -10 to 10. The vertex is at the point (-1, 8). Three other points are plotted on the curve at (0, 5), (0.6, 0) and (-2.6, 0). 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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Solve maximum and minimum applications

Knowing that the vertex    of a parabola is the lowest or highest point of the parabola gives us an easy way to determine the minimum or maximum value of a quadratic equation. The y -coordinate of the vertex is the minimum y -value of a parabola that opens upward. It is the maximum y -value of a parabola that opens downward. See [link] .

This figure shows two graphs side by side. The left graph shows an downward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The vertex of the parabola is in the upper right quadrant. The vertex is labeled “maximum”. The right graph shows an upward-opening parabola graphed on the x y-coordinate plane. The vertex of the parabola is in the lower right quadrant. The vertex is labeled “minimum”.

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.

Find the minimum value of the quadratic equation y = x 2 + 2 x 8 .

Solution

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Since a is positive, the parabola opens upward.
The quadratic equation has a minimum.
Find the axis of symmetry. .
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The axis of symmetry is x = −1 .
The vertex is on the line x = −1 . .
Find y when x = −1 . .
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The vertex is ( −1 , −9 ) .
Since the parabola has a minimum, the y- coordinate of the vertex is the minimum y- value of the quadratic equation.
The minimum value of the quadratic is −9 and it occurs when x = −1 .
Show the graph to verify the result. .
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Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic equation y = x 2 8 x + 12 .

The minimum value is −4 when x = 4 .

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Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic equation y = −4 x 2 + 16 x 11 .

The maximum value is 5 when x = 2 .

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We have used the formula

h = −16 t 2 + v 0 t + h 0

to calculate the height in feet, h , of an object shot upwards into the air with initial velocity, v 0 , after t seconds.

This formula is a quadratic equation in the variable t , so its graph is a parabola. By solving for the coordinates of the vertex, we can find how long it will take the object to reach its maximum height. Then, we can calculate the maximum height.

The quadratic equation h = −16 t 2 + v 0 t + h 0 models the height of a volleyball hit straight upwards with velocity 176 feet per second from a height of 4 feet.

  1. How many seconds will it take the volleyball to reach its maximum height?
  2. Find the maximum height of the volleyball.

Solution

h = −16 t 2 + 176 t + 4

Since a is negative, the parabola opens downward.

The quadratic equation has a maximum.


  1. Find the axis of symmetry. t = b 2 a t = 176 2 ( −16 ) t = 5.5 The axis of symmetry is t = 5.5 . The vertex is on the line t = 5.5 . The maximum occurs when t = 5.5 seconds.

  2. Find h when t = 5.5 . .
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    Use a calculator to simplify. .
    The vertex is ( 5.5 , 488 ) .
    Since the parabola has a maximum, the h- coordinate of the vertex is the maximum y -value of the quadratic equation. The maximum value of the quadratic is 488 feet and it occurs when t = 5.5 seconds.
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Questions & Answers

write in this form a/b answer should be in the simplest form 5%
August Reply
convert to decimal 9/11
August
Equation in the form of a pending point y+2=1/6(×-4)
Jose Reply
write in simplest form 3 4/2
August
definition of quadratic formula
Ahmed Reply
From Google: The quadratic formula, , is used in algebra to solve quadratic equations (polynomial equations of the second degree). The general form of a quadratic equation is , where x represents a variable, and a, b, and c are constants, with . A quadratic equation has two solutions, called roots.
Melissa
what is the answer of w-2.6=7.55
What Reply
10.15
Michael
w = 10.15 You add 2.6 to both sides and then solve for w (-2.6 zeros out on the left and leaves you with w= 7.55 + 2.6)
Korin
Nataly is considering two job offers. The first job would pay her $83,000 per year. The second would pay her $66,500 plus 15% of her total sales. What would her total sales need to be for her salary on the second offer be higher than the first?
Mckenzie Reply
x > $110,000
bruce
greater than $110,000
Michael
Estelle is making 30 pounds of fruit salad from strawberries and blueberries. Strawberries cost $1.80 per pound, and blueberries cost $4.50 per pound. If Estelle wants the fruit salad to cost her $2.52 per pound, how many pounds of each berry should she use?
nawal Reply
$1.38 worth of strawberries + $1.14 worth of blueberries which= $2.52
Leitha
how
Zaione
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Leitha
lol maybe
Robinson
8 pound of blueberries and 22 pounds of strawberries
Melissa
8 pounds x 4.5 = 36 22 pounds x 1.80 = 39.60 36 + 39.60 = 75.60 75.60 / 30 = average 2.52 per pound
Melissa
8 pounds x 4.5 equal 36 22 pounds x 1.80 equal 39.60 36 + 39.60 equal 75.60 75.60 / 30 equal average 2.52 per pound
Melissa
hmmmm...... ?
Robinson
8 pounds x 4.5 = 36 22 pounds x 1.80 = 39.60 36 + 39.60 = 75.60 75.60 / 30 = average 2.52 per pound
Melissa
The question asks how many pounds of each in order for her to have an average cost of $2.52. She needs 30 lb in all so 30 pounds times $2.52 equals $75.60. that's how much money she is spending on the fruit. That means she would need 8 pounds of blueberries and 22 lbs of strawberries to equal 75.60
Melissa
good
Robinson
👍
Leitha
thanks Melissa.
Leitha
nawal let's do another😊
Leitha
we can't use emojis...I see now
Leitha
Sorry for the multi post. My phone glitches.
Melissa
Vina has $4.70 in quarters, dimes and nickels in her purse. She has eight more dimes than quarters and six more nickels than quarters. How many of each coin does she have?
Mckenzie Reply
10 quarters 16 dimes 12 nickels
Leitha
A private jet can fly 1,210 miles against a 25 mph headwind in the same amount of time it can fly 1,694 miles with a 25 mph tailwind. Find the speed of the jet.
Crispy Reply
wtf. is a tail wind or headwind?
Robert
48 miles per hour with headwind and 68 miles per hour with tailwind
Leitha
average speed is 58 mph
Leitha
Into the wind (headwind), 125 mph; with wind (tailwind), 175 mph. Use time (t) = distance (d) ÷ rate (r). since t is equal both problems, then 1210/(x-25) = 1694/(×+25). solve for x gives x=150.
bruce
the jet will fly 9.68 hours to cover either distance
bruce
Riley is planning to plant a lawn in his yard. He will need 9 pounds of grass seed. He wants to mix Bermuda seed that costs $4.80 per pound with Fescue seed that costs $3.50 per pound. How much of each seed should he buy so that the overall cost will be $4.02 per pound?
Vonna Reply
33.336
Robinson
Amber wants to put tiles on the backsplash of her kitchen counters. She will need 36 square feet of tiles. She will use basic tiles that cost $8 per square foot and decorator tiles that cost $20 per square foot. How many square feet of each tile should she use so that the overall cost of the backsplash will be $10 per square foot?
Imaan Reply
Ivan has $8.75 in nickels and quarters in his desk drawer. The number of nickels is twice the number of quarters. How many coins of each type does he have?
mikayla Reply
2q=n ((2q).05) + ((q).25) = 8.75 .1q + .25q = 8.75 .35q = 8.75 q = 25 quarters 2(q) 2 (25) = 50 nickles Answer check 25 x .25 = 6.25 50 x .05 = 2.50 6.25 + 2.50 = 8.75
Melissa
John has $175 in $5 and $10 bills in his drawer. The number of $5 bills is three times the number of $10 bills. How many of each are in the drawer?
mikayla Reply
7-$10 21-$5
Robert
Enrique borrowed $23,500 to buy a car. He pays his uncle 2% interest on the $4,500 he borrowed from him, and he pays the bank 11.5% interest on the rest. What average interest rate does he pay on the total $23,500? (Round your answer to the nearest tenth of a percent.)
Parker Reply
Two sisters like to compete on their bike rides. Tamara can go 4 mph faster than her sister, Samantha. If it takes Samantha 1 hour longer than Tamara to go 80 miles, how fast can Samantha ride her bike?
Markeice Reply
8mph
michele
16mph
Robert
3.8 mph
Ped
16 goes into 80 5times while 20 goes into 80 4times and is 4mph faster
Robert
what is the answer for this 3×9+28÷4-8
What Reply
315
lashonna
how do you do xsquard+7x+10=0
What
(x + 2)(x + 5), then set each factor to zero and solve for x. so, x = -2 and x = -5.
bruce
I skipped it
What
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