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# Help on Parabolas vertex form please =) ⚑ Flag

by Pinkpantherkat at June 12, 2011

x=-y^(2)-2

and another one is

x= 1/2y(2) + 7y + 65/2

We are suppose to put the equation in vertex form. I'm slightly confused, i can get it into vertex form but then isn't the equation equal to x, so don't you have to change it to make it equal to y?

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Pink - Thanks for the kind words â€¦ Iâ€™m glad I was able to help.  The Vertex Form of a parabola can be written two ways:The first one is an x^2 parabola and it points upward or downward.The second equation is a y^2 parabola and it points right or left.Both of your examples are y^2 parabolas.This is already in Vertex Form.The vertex (h,k) = (0,-2)The graph looks like this:For the second equation you need to complete the square to get it in Vertex Form:, whew! Finally done.This is Vertex Form.(h,k) = (8,-7) and here is what it looks like:Have a GREAT SUMMER!

Steve204 June 12, 2011

Oops! The correct vertex (h,k) of your first equation is:(h,k) = (-2, 0)I had it reversed.When you have a y^2 parabola you need to be very careful writing down (h,k) since is it opposite of what it would be for an x^2 parabola.

Steve204 June 12, 2011

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