Graphing Quadratics – Your Toolbox

Graphing quadratics by hand is an important exercise because it helps us understand the parts of a quadratic equation. These are two different lessons that hit the same point, using the structure of the equation to graph the quadratic equation onto a coordinate plane and identify key parts of the graph.

While in the future, you will be using a graphing calculator to accomplish this task, for now, graphing by hand allows us to highlight the key features.

Graphing by Inspecting Standard Form and Factored Form

Graphing and Determining the Vertex

The links above will lead us to a better understanding of vertex form when we get there and the value it provides for us moving forward. Remember, the vertex is the maximum or the minimum of the parabola.