### All SAT Math Resources

## Example Questions

### Example Question #671 : Sat Mathematics

What is the equation of the graph?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

In order to figure out what the equation of the image is, we need to find the vertex. From the graph we can determine that the vertex is at . We can use vertex form to solve for the equation of this graph.

Recall vertex form,

, where is the coordinate of the vertex, and is the coordinate of the vertex.

Plugging in our values, we get

To solve for , we need to pick a point on the graph and plug it into our equation.

I will pick .

Now our equation is

Let's expand this,

### Example Question #672 : Sat Mathematics

How many times does the equation below cross the x-axis?

**Possible Answers:**

**Correct answer:**

You can solve this problem two ways.

3. You can solve for where the graph crosses the x-axis by setting the equation equal to zero, factoring, and solving.

2. You can quickly sketch the graph by choosing some x values and solving for y.

We see that the graph passes the x-axis twice.

### Example Question #676 : Sat Mathematics

Let f(x) = x^{2}. By how many units must f(x) be shifted downward so that the distance between its x-intercepts becomes 8?

**Possible Answers:**

12

8

4

16

2

**Correct answer:**

16

Because the graph of f(x) = x^{2} is symmetric about the y-axis, when we shift it downward, the points where it intersects the x-axis will be the same distance from the origin. In other words, we could say that one intercept will be (-a,0) and the other would be (a,0). The distance between these two points has to be 8, so that means that 2a = 8, and a = 4. This means that when f(x) is shifted downward, its new roots will be at (-4,0) and (4,0).

Let g(x) be the graph after f(x) has been shifted downward. We know that g(x) must have the roots (-4,0) and (4,0). We could thus write the equation of g(x) as (x-(-4))(x-4) = (x+4)(x-4) = x^{2} - 16.

We can now compare f(x) and g(x), and we see that g(x) could be obtained if f(x) were shifted down by 16 units; therefore, the answer is 16.