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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

a=# of 10's. b=# of 20's; a+b=54; 10a + 20b=$910; a=54 -b; 10(54-b) + 20b=$910; 540-10b+20b=$910; 540+10b=$910; 10b=910-540; 10b=370; b=37; so there are 37 20's and since a+b=54, a+37=54; a=54-37=17; a=17, so 17 10's. So lets check. $740+$170=$910.
David Reply
. A cashier has 54 bills, all of which are $10 or $20 bills. The total value of the money is $910. How many of each type of bill does the cashier have?
jojo Reply
whats the coefficient of 17x
Dwayne Reply
the solution says it 14 but how i thought it would be 17 im i right or wrong is the exercise wrong
Dwayne
17
Melissa
wow the exercise told me 17x solution is 14x lmao
Dwayne
thank you
Dwayne
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Bridget
help me understand graphs
Marlene Reply
what kind of graphs?
bruce
function f(x) to find each value
Marlene
I am in algebra 1. Can anyone give me any ideas to help me learn this stuff. Teacher and tutor not helping much.
Marlene
Given f(x)=2x+2, find f(2) so you replace the x with the 2, f(2)=2(2)+2, which is f(2)=6
Melissa
if they say find f(5) then the answer would be f(5)=12
Melissa
I need you to help me Melissa. Wish I can show you my homework
Marlene
How is f(1) =0 I am really confused
Marlene
what's the formula given? f(x)=?
Melissa
It shows a graph that I wish I could send photo of to you on here
Marlene
Which problem specifically?
Melissa
which problem?
Melissa
I don't know any to be honest. But whatever you can help me with for I can practice will help
Marlene
I got it. sorry, was out and about. I'll look at it now.
Melissa
Thank you. I appreciate it because my teacher assumes I know this. My teacher before him never went over this and several other things.
Marlene
I just responded.
Melissa
Thank you
Marlene
-65r to the 4th power-50r cubed-15r squared+8r+23 ÷ 5r
WENDY Reply
State the question clearly please
Rich
write in this form a/b answer should be in the simplest form 5%
August Reply
convert to decimal 9/11
August
0.81818
Rich
5/100 = .05 but Rich is right that 9/11 = .81818
Melissa
Equation in the form of a pending point y+2=1/6(×-4)
Jose Reply
write in simplest form 3 4/2
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Practice Key Terms 6

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