# Algebra 1 : How to graph a quadratic function

## Example Questions

### Example Question #925 : Algebra Ii

What is the minimum possible value of the expression below?

The expression has no minimum value.

Explanation:

We can determine the lowest possible value of the expression by finding the -coordinate of the vertex of the parabola graphed from the equation . This is done by rewriting the equation in vertex form.

The vertex of the parabola  is the point .

The parabola is concave upward (its quadratic coefficient is positive), so  represents the minimum value of . This is our answer.

### Example Question #3 : Graphing Quadratic Functions

What is the vertex of the function ? Is it a maximum or minimum?

; maximum

; minimum

; minimum

; maximum

; minimum

Explanation:

The equation of a parabola can be written in vertex form: .

The point  in this format is the vertex. If  is a postive number the vertex is a minimum, and if  is a negative number the vertex is a maximum.

In this example, . The positive value means the vertex is a minimum.

### Example Question #31 : Polynomial Functions

Which of the graphs best represents the following function?

None of these

Explanation:

The highest exponent of the variable term is two (). This tells that this function is quadratic, meaning that it is a parabola.

The graph below will be the answer, as it shows a parabolic curve.

### Example Question #1 : Parabolic Functions

What is the equation of a parabola with vertex  and -intercept ?

Explanation:

From the vertex, we know that the equation of the parabola will take the form for some  .

To calculate that , we plug in the values from the other point we are given, , and solve for :

Now the equation is . This is not an answer choice, so we need to rewrite it in some way.

Expand the squared term:

Distribute the fraction through the parentheses:

Combine like terms:

### Example Question #1 : Graphing Polynomial Functions

None of the above

Explanation:

Starting with

moves the parabola by  units to the right.

Similarly moves the parabola by  units to the left.

Hence the correct answer is option .

### Example Question #11 : Graphing Quadratic Functions

Which of the following graphs matches the function ?