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The La Quebrada Cliff Divers perform shows for the public by jumping into the sea off the cliffs at Acapulco, Mexico. The height (in feet) of a diver at a certain time (in seconds) is given by .

  1. Use the vertex and -intercept to make a sketch that represents the dive. What form of the quadratic function helps you determine the -intercept efficiently? What form helps you determine the vertex easily?

  2. At what height did the diver start his jump? What is the maximum height he achieved?

What height is the diver when ?

Complete the square to write the graphing form of the equation. This will indicate the vertex.

Factor the polynomial in the first set of parentheses to get the equation into graphing form.

Part of a downward parabola, starting at the point (0, comma 400), rising to the vertex, (1 half, comma 404), falling towards the x axis, between 5 & 6.

The diver started at feet. The diver reached a maximum height of feet.