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Make predictions about how many times the graph of each equation below will touch the -axis. You may first want to rewrite some of the equations in a more useful form. Homework Help ✎

  1. How many -intercepts are there?

  1. Look at parts (a) through (c). Remember to factor first to find the -intercepts.

  1. Look at parts (a) through (d).

  1. Look at parts (a) through (d). Remember to factor out.

  1. Check your predictions with your calculator.

  2. Write a clear explanation describing how you can tell whether the graph of a parabola will touch the -axis at only one point.

    What pattern did you notice above?