Investigating the Parabola in Vertex Form (y = ax^{2} + bx + c)

Published on
06/09/2008

Activity Overview

In this activity, students investigate the standard form of the quadratic function, y = ax^{2} + bx + c. They investigate the changes on the graph of a quadratic equation that result from changes in A, B, and C. They also locate the vertex of a parabola when
its quadratic equation is expressed in standard form.

Before the Activity

Install the Transformation Graphing application on the students' graphing calculators using one of these two methods:

TI-Connect™, a TI Connectivity Cable, and the Unit-to-Unit Link Cable