Quadratics with Defined Roots in Vertex Form

Directions: Create three equations for quadratics in vertex form that have roots at 3 and 5 but have different maximum and/or minimum values.

Hint

How does changing the values of a, b, and c affect the graph? How can we ensure that the graph is symmetrical across x=4?

Answer

Originally the problem was going to call for two equations but then I realized that it could be as simply as multiplying the a and c values by -1. There are infinite answers, and here are three of them: y = (x-4)^2 – 1, y = -(x-4)^2 + 1, y = -3(x-4)^2 + 3.

Source: Robert Kaplinsky

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2 comments

  1. The answers given appear to be incorrect – the min/max values appear to be switched on the equations. I think the correct answers should be (x-4)^2 – 1, -(x-4)^2 + 1, -3(x-4)^2 + 3.

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