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# Unit: Quadratic Equations and Inequalities Module: Writing Quadratic Equations [Page 1 of 1]

## Using the Vertex to Write the Equations

• Standard form of a parabola: f (x) = ax 2 + bx + c.

• h = -b/2a.
• k = f(h).

## • To rewrite an equation in the standard form showing the vertex:

• Find the value of h.
• Find the value of k.
• Substitute these values into the standard form.

## One way to determine the vertex (h,k) of a parabola is to use

these formulas for h and k.
In this example, a = 1 and b = 4.
So, h = -(4)/2(1) = -2.
k = f (-2) = (-2)2 + 4(-2) + 1 = -3
The vertex is (h,k) and now known.

standard form.

## This example points out the value of being accurate and

careful in what you are doing.
You are following the same process:
1. Determine h and k.
(Please use the correct numbers, or .....oops.)
2. Write the vertex.
3. Write the function in standard form showing the vertex.

## You know that this is a down-turned parabola because x 2

has a negative coefficient.

Find h and k.

## Write the equation in standard form.

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## Building a Polynomial Equation from Its Solutions

• Given the solutions, find a polynomial with those solutions by working backwards.

## The solutions themselves provide equations to start

from.
Rewrite each equation so that one side is 0.
Write a multiplication problem using the altered
solution equations as factors producing 0. Use FOIL
NOTE: This result is a quadratic equation because it
had two solutions with which to produce its equation.

## Again, in this example, two solutions are offered.

Rewrite each equation so that one side is 0.
Set up a multiplication problem with the two
solution factors producing 0.
Use FOIL to produce the equation.

## Notice that one of these solutions began with a

fraction. Its denominator was cleared before
proceeding.

## This example offers three solutions. As a result, from

the very beginning expect to generate a cubic
equation; i.e., an equation with a variable cubed.

## The process follows the same steps as seen in the

previous examples.

## Sure enough, three solutions produce a cubic

equation.

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