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## Key Concepts

• Define the standard form of a quadratic function.
• Find the Y-intercept of a quadratic function.
• Find the axis of symmetry of a quadratic function.
• Find the vertex of a quadratic function.

A function f defined by f(x) = ax2+bx+c, where  a, b and c are real numbers and  a≠0, is called a quadratic function

• The graph of a quadratic function is a curve called a parabola
• The quadratic parent function is f(x) = x2
• For 0<|a|<1, the shape of the parabola is wider than the parent function.
• For |a|>1, the shape of the parabola is narrower than the parent function.
• f(x) = ax2 is the reflection of f(x) = −ax2 over the x-axis.

### Vertex form of the quadratic function

• The vertex of the graph g is (h, k).
• The graph of f(x) = ax−h2+k is a translation of the function f(x) = ax2 that is translated h units horizontally and k units vertically.
• The value of a does not affect the location of the vertex.

### Graph of g(x) = x2+k

The value of k in g(x) = x2+k translates the graph of parent function f, vertically k units. The value of k does not affect the axis of symmetry.

### Graph of g(x) = (x−h)2

• The value of h in g(x) = (x−h)2 translates the graph of parent function f, horizontally h units.
• The vertex of the graph g is (0, h).
• The value of h translates the axis of symmetry.

### A standard form of a quadratic function

• The standard form of a quadratic function is ax2+bx+c=0, where a≠0
• The axis of symmetry of a standard form of quadratic function f(x) = ax2+bx+c is the line x=−b/2a.
• The y-intercept of f(x) is c.
• The x-coordinate of the graph of f(x) = ax2+bx+c is –b/2a.

The vertex of f(x) = ax2+bx+c is (-b/2a, f(-b/2a))

## Exercise

• Find the intercept, x intercept, axis of symmetry, and vertex of the graph of f(x) = 3x2 + 6x + 3
• Graph g(x) = x2 + 2x – 7

### What have we learned

• The standard form of a quadratic function is ax2+bx+c=0, where a≠0

### Concept Map

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