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What is the equation in standard form of a parabola that models the values in the table?
x -2 0 4
f(x) 1 5 -59
Please help.I have somewhat of an idea
a(-2)^2+b(-2)+c c=1
a(0)^2+b(0)+c= c=5
a(4)^2+b(4)+c c=-59

4a+2b+c=1
0a+0b+c=5
16a+4b+c=-59

4a-2b+5=0
16a+4b+5=-59

4a-2b+5-5=0-5
4a-2b=-5
16a+4b+5-5=-59-5
16a+4b=-64

5(4a-2b)=5*5
20a-10b=25

20a-10b=25
16a+4b=-64

20a-10b-(16a+4b)=25-(64)
4a+14b=89

not sure what to do now

  • algebra -

    after subbing in c=5, you got here:

    4a-2b+5=0
    16a+4b+5=-59

    You made a couple of errors here. You should have come up with:

    4a - 2b = -4
    16a + 4b = -64
    or,

    4a - 2b = -4
    4a + b = -16

    b = -4
    a = -3

    So, y = -3x^2 - 4x + 5

    Take much care when proceeding from step to step, that you don't make transcription errors!

  • algebra -

    Not sure where I made my mistake.I lost myself after the 4a-2b+5=0, 16a+4b+5=-59. Could you please clarify what I need to do next.

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