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Interpreting Quadratic Functions in Vertex Form

Interpreting Quadratic Functions in Vertex Form 1.7 - Solution

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To match the function with its graph, we should first identify the vertex and then determine whether the parabola opens upward or downward. To do so, we will first express it in vertex form and are either positive or negative numbers. Let's compare the general formula for the vertex form with our equation. We can see that and Since the vertex of a quadratic function written in vertex form is the point the vertex of our function is Let's now determine the direction of the parabola.Recall that, if the parabola opens upwards. Conversely, if the parabola opens downwards.

In the given function, we have which is greater than Therefore, the parabola opens upward. As a result, the graph of the function is the graph given in choice B.