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Glencoe Algebra 1: Graphing Calculator Investigation Graphing Quadratic Functions in Vertex Form

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

This Graphing Calculator Investigation activity is from Chapter 10: Quadratic and Exponential Functions, Lesson 10-3: Solving Quadratic Equations by Completing the Square. Students will explore quadratic functions in vertex form.

Before the Activity

Review the activity PDF file.
Make copies of the activity PDF file for your class.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Study the relationship between the equations in vertex form and their vertices
  • Complete the square to change a quadratic equation to vertex form


  • Directions:
  • Distribute the student activity sheets
  • Follow the procedures as outlined
  • After the Activity

    As a class, review student answers, discussing questions that appeared to be more challenging, and re-teaching as needed.