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. Where can we find parabolas in the real world? Slide 2) The equation we will be using throughout this process will be The coefficents in the equation are also represented by a, b, and c. The equation with these letter substituted is First find the y-intercept by plugging in 0 for x.

Slide 3) To start, the vertex is represented by (h,k) and is one of the most important point on a parabola, the vertex (h, k) is found by computing h = –b/2a, and then evaluating y at h to find k. Find the vertex step by step from the quadratic equation . (So which would simplify to -3/2. Then to solve for k you must plug h into the original equation. So when you plug -3/2 in the original equation you get solved for and equals -18.75. The vertex is (-3/2, -18.75)). Slide 4) One way of finding the x-intercepts is to use the quadratic formula which is . The following steps are the easiest because all one has to do is plug in the a, b, and c into the formula and then solve. Find the x-intercepts in a step-by-step process using the quadratic equation given? (So with everything plugged in the equation looks like which is reduces to which reduces K is then

even more to the equation . This equation is then broken down into two different equation, (-9 + 15)/6 and (-9 - 15)/6. The two solution come out to x = -4 and 1. So the xintercept points include (-4,0) and (1,0).) Slide 5) Now we will be graphing this quadratic equation onto a graph with a minimum of three points. We can therefore graph this equation with the four points we have already found which include the vertex, the two x-intercepts and the y-intercept. Graph the equation with the points you have found and draw the parabola to fit the points. (Remember the minimum or maximum will be at the vertex.) (So first we graph the vertex of (-3/2, -18.75), then we graph the two intercepts which are (-4,0) and (1,0). After these are graphed one can also graph more points if they are not comfortable with only these three points. Another point could be the y-intercept which we found earlier was (0,-12).) Other points can be found by plugging in numbers for x and solving the equation for y and graphing those points. After some points are graphed one can draw a parabola through the points.

The first way to find the x-intercepts will be using the factoring method. To find the x-intercepts the equation must be set to equal 0. The first step in factoring this equation is to find the (GCF) or greatest common factor in all three terms. In this situation the greatest common factor is 3 and will be factored out of all three terms. The equation will then look like Then it makes it easier to factor the new equation which will factor down to 3(x+4)(x-1). Then you set each bracket equal to 0 and get x+4=0 and x-1=0. The final step in this process is to solve for x in both equations. So the two x-intercepts will equal -4 and 1. And that’s how factoring is used to solve for the x-intercepts. The next way to find the x-intercepts is to use completing the square. You also start solving this equation by factoring out the GCF and after the GCF is factored out it can be eliminated from the process. The next step in the process is to move the constant term to the other side of the equation, which the equation becomes With the x term, the coefficient is divided by 2, squared, and added to both sides of the equation. The x term is 3x. Take half its coefficient (1.5). Square it (2.25) and add it to both sides. Add '2.25' to each side of the equation. x 3x + 2.25 = 6.25 The left side of the equation is then factored perfectly to (x+1.5)(x+1.5) which can then be viewed at equation to get Then take the square root of both sides of the So split the equation up into two different equations including All thats left is you have to solve for x in both equations and you end up with x = -4 and 1.

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