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### Course: Algebra (all content) > Unit 9

Lesson 4: Quadratic vertex form# Vertex form introduction

One of the common forms for quadratic functions is called vertex form, because it highlights the coordinates of the vertex of the function's graph.

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- How do you know if it is a downward or an upward facing parabola?(30 votes)
- I use a tactic that I found online - If its positive, it looks like a smile! if negative, it looks like a frown! Its actually quite handy if you ask me.(176 votes)

- How do you find the "a" value when there is no visible number in front of the parentheses? Ex. f(x)=(x+2)^2+4(12 votes)
- It is 1, because in math, everything is already inherently being multiplied by 1. There
**is**a coefficient, it is one.(10 votes)

- i keep zoning out on this vid and then having to watch it over again(16 votes)
- How do you get from
`"Quadratic Standard Form"`

to`"Vertex Form"`

? Is there a certain method or must you algebraically manipulate it until it's right?(14 votes)- Hello! The "method" I was taught, was really just doing the algebra as follows:

Finding the vertex of the quadratic by using the equation x=-b/2a, and then substituting that answer for y in the orginal equation.

Then, substitute the vertex into the vertex form equation, y=a(x-h)^2+k. (a will stay the same, h is x, and k is y).

Also, remember that your h, when plugged into the equation, must be the additive inverse of what you got for x.

If I can further explain, please let me know.

Hope it helped!(15 votes)

- How do you know if an equation is a downward opening or upward opening? The constant term?(7 votes)
- You can tell from the quadratic term, the value of A in
`y = Ax^2 + Bx + C`

or`y = A(x - H)^2 + K`

. If A is positive, the graph expands upward (we say that it is*concave up*). If A is negative, the graph expands downward (we say that it is*concave down*).(19 votes)

- At0:30, Sal says in future he will explain how to get from Quadratic Standard Form to Vertex Form. Can anyone show me the link to that video? Thanks!(8 votes)
- Would it be correct to call a parabola positive or negative, and why is this so?(7 votes)
- I think it would, because it would indicate how the parabola is graphed.(4 votes)

- When we look at a quadratic equation, how can we tell if the parabola is positive or negative?(4 votes)
- For standard form: y=Ax^2+Bx+C

Look at the coefficient of the x^2 term. If "A" is positive, the parabola opens up. If "A" is negative, then the parabola opens down.

For Vertex Form: y=a(x-h)^2+k

The sign of "a" determines the direction of the parabola. If "a" is positive, the parabola opens up. If "a" is negative, the parabola opens down.

Hope this helps.(7 votes)

- How do you find vertex form from the graph of the quadratic function?(3 votes)
- 1) Make the function look like ax^2 + bx + c = 0.

2) Use the vertex formula to find it.

x = -b / 2a

3) Use the x value to find the y value.

Hope this helps! If you have any questions or need help, please ask! :)(8 votes)

- How do you do quadratic functions?(0 votes)
- you can use the quadratic equation or by completing the square to solve it, but you need to be more specific of what type of help you need(4 votes)

## Video transcript

- [Instructor] It might not be obvious when you look at these three equations but they're the exact same equation. They've just been
algebraically manipulated. They are in different forms. This is the equation and sometimes called standard
form for a quadratic. This is the quadratic in factored form. Notice this has been
factored right over here. And this last form is what we're going to
focus on in this video. This is sometimes known as vertex form and we're not gonna focus on how do you get from
one of these other forms to a vertex form in this video, we'll do that in future videos,
but what we're going to do is appreciate why this
is called vertex form. Now to start, let's just remind
ourselves what a vertex is. As you might remember from other videos, if we have a quadratic,
if we're graphing y is equal to some quadratic
expression in terms of x, the graph of that will be a parabola, and it might be an upward opening parabola or a downward opening parabola. This one in particular is going to be an upward opening parabola, and so it might look something like this. It might look something like this right over here. And for an upward opening
parabola like this, the vertex is this point right over here. You could view it as this minimum point. You have your x-coordinate of
the vertex right over there and you have your y-coordinate of the vertex right over here. Now the reason why this
is called vertex form is it's fairly straightforward
to pick out the coordinates of this vertex from this form. How do we do that? Well, to do that, we just have
to appreciate the structure that's in this expression. Let me just rewrite it again. We have y is equal to three
times x plus two squared minus 27. The important thing to realize is that this part of the expression is never going to be negative. No matter what you have
here, if you square it, you're never going to
get a negative value. And so this is never going to be negative and we're multiplying it by
a positive right over here. This whole thing right over here is going to be greater
than or equal to zero. So another way to think about it, it's only going to be
additive to negative 27. So your minimum point for
this curve right over here, for your parabola, is going to happen when this expression is equal to zero, when you're not adding
anything to negative 27. And so, when will this equal zero? Well, it's going to be equal to zero when x plus two is going
to be equal to zero. So you could just say, if you wanna find the
x-coordinate of the vertex, well, for what x value
does x plus two equal zero? And of course we can
subtract two from both sides and you get x is equal to
negative two, so we know that this x-coordinate right
over here is negative two. And then what's the
y-coordinate of the vertex? You could just say, "Hey,
what is the minimum y "that this curve takes on?" Well, when x is equal to negative two, this whole thing is zero and
y is equal to negative 27. Y is equal to negative 27, so this right over here is negative 27. And so the coordinates of the vertex here are negative two comma negative 27. And you are able to pick that out just by looking at the
quadratic in vertex form. Now let's get a few more
examples under our belt so that we can really get
good at picking out the vertex when a quadratic is
written in vertex form. So let's say let's pick a scenario where we have a downward opening parabola, where y is equal to, let's
just say negative two times x plus five, actually, let me make it x minus five. X minus five squared, and then let's say plus 10. Well here, this is gonna
be downward opening and let's appreciate why that is. So here, this part is still
always going to be non-negative but it's being multiplied
by a negative two, so it's actually always
gonna be non-positive. So this whole thing right over here is going to be less than or
equal to zero for all x's, so it could only take away from the 10. So, where do we hit a maximum point? Well, we hit a maximum point when x minus five is equal to zero, when we're not taking
anything away from the 10. And so, x minus five is equal to zero. Well, that of course is going to happen when x is equal to five, and that indeed is the
x-coordinate for the vertex. And what's the y-coordinate
for the vertex? Well, if x is equal to five
and this thing is zero, you're not gonna be taking
anything away from the 10 and so y is going to be equal to 10. And so the vertex here is x equals five, and I'm just gonna eyeball it, maybe it's right over here, x equals five. And y is equal to 10. If this is negative 27,
this would be positive 27, 10 would be something like this. I'm not using the same
scales for the x and y-axis, but there you have it. So it's five comma 10 and our curve is gonna
look something like this. I don't know exactly where
it intersects the x-axis but it's going to be a
downward opening parabola. Let's do one more example just so that we get really fluent at identifying the
vertex from vertex form. So let's say, I'm just gonna make this up, we have y is equal to negative pi times x minus 2.8 squared plus 7.1. What is the vertex of the parabola here? Well, the x-coordinate is
going to be the x value that makes this equal
to zero, which is 2.8. And then if this is equal to zero, then this whole thing is
going to be equal to zero and y is going to be 7.1. So now, you hopefully appreciate why this is called vertex form. It's quite straightforward
to pick out the vertex when you have something
written in this way.