# Vertex Investigation

- Author:
- John Golden

- Topic:
- Function Graph

This sketch helps you investigate the location of the vertex for a parabola in standard form, y=ax^2+bx+c. Since the equation will tell us y if we know x, we will concentrate on the x-coordinate of the vertex.
1) There are controls for a and b, separate from c. Why doesn't c change the left-right location of the vertex?
2) Change a and b and notice the effect on whether the vertex moves left or right. What do you notice?
3) Our goal is to find a rule or frmula for the vertex's x-coordinate in terms of a and b. How can you collect data that will help us determine the formula?
Extension: what else could you investigate with this sketch?

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