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Lots O’Dough, a wealthy customer, would like to order a variety of parabolas. However, he is feeling pressed for time and said that he will pay you lots of extra money if you complete his order for him. Of course you agreed! He sent you sketches of each parabola that he would like to receive. Determine a possible equation for each parabola so that you can pass this information on to the Manufacturing Department.  

  1. an upward parabola with x intercepts at (negative 4, comma 0) and (2, comma 0). The vertex is in the third quadrant.

    Look at the points on this graph. What are these called?

    These points are the x-intercepts of the graph.
    When or is substituted for , is equal to .
    What could be the equation for this graph?

  1. An upward parabola with the vertex at (3, comma 0) passing through the positive y axis.

    Use the same steps found in part (a), but note that there is only one x-intercept.
    What does this say about the equation?

    Sometimes, the roots can be the same number.

  1. An upward parabola with the vertex in the fourth quadrant and x intercepts at (0, comma 0) and (7, comma 0).

  1. A downward parabola with the vertex in the second quadrant.  The x intercepts are at (negative 5, comma 0) and (1, comma 0).

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