Chapter 10: Quadratic Equations and Functions
Introduction
As you saw in Chapter 8, algebraic functions not only produce straight lines but curved ones too. A special type of curved function is called a parabola. Perhaps you have seen the shape of a parabola before:
 The shape of the water from a drinking fountain
 The path a football takes when thrown
 The shape of an exploding firework
 The shape of a satellite dish
 The path a diver takes into the water
 The shape of a mirror in a car’s headlamp
Many real life situations model a quadratic equation. This chapter will explore the graph of a quadratic equation and how to solve such equations using various methods.
Chapter Outline
 10.1. Quadratic Functions and Their Graphs
 10.2. Vertical Shifts of Quadratic Functions
 10.3. Use Graphs to Solve Quadratic Equations
 10.4. Use Square Roots to Solve Quadratic Equations
 10.5. Completing the Square
 10.6. Vertex Form of a Quadratic Equation
 10.7. Quadratic Formula
 10.8. Comparing Methods for Solving Quadratics
 10.9. Solutions Using the Discriminant
 10.10. Linear, Exponential, and Quadratic Models
 10.11. Applications of Function Models
Chapter Summary
Summary
In this chapter, quadratic equations and functions are covered in detail. First, quadratic functions and their graphs are discussed, including vertical shifts of the graphs of quadratic functions and using graphs to solve quadratic equations. Next, other ways of solving quadratic equations are given, such as solving quadratic equations using square roots and completing the square to solve quadratic equations. Finding the vertex of a quadratic function by completing the square is also touched upon. The chapter then moves on to quadratic problems and the quadratic formula, and it talks about the discriminant. Finally, linear, exponential, and quadratic models are discussed, and advice is given on choosing a function model.
Quadratic Equations and Functions Review
Define each term.
 Vertex
 Standard form for a quadratic equation
 Model
 Discriminant
Graph each function. List the vertex (round to the nearest tenth, if possible) and the range of the function.
Rewrite in standard form.
Solve each equation by graphing.
Solve each equation by taking its square roots.
Solve each equation by completing the square and then taking its square roots.
Determine the maximum/minimum point by completing the square.
Solve each equation by using the Quadratic Formula.
In 4550, for each quadratic equation, determine:
(a) The discriminant
(b) The number of real solutions
(c) Whether the real solutions are rational or irrational
 Explain the difference between and .
 Jorian wants to enclose his garden with fencing on all four sides. He has 225 feet of fencing. What dimensions would give him the largest area?
 A ball is dropped off a cliff 70 meters high.
 Using Newton’s equation, model this situation.
 What is the leading coefficient? What does this value tell you about the shape of the parabola?
 What is the maximum height of the ball?
 Where is the ball after 0.65 seconds?
 When will the ball reach the ground?
 The following table shows the number of hours spent per person playing video games for various years in the United States.
 What seems to be the best function for this data?
 Find the best fit function.
 Using your equation, predict the number of hours someone will spend playing video games in 2012.
 Does this value seem possible? Explain your thoughts.
 The table shows the amount of money spent (in billions of dollars) in the U.S. on books for various years.
 Find a linear model for this data. Use it to predict the dollar amount spent in 2008.
 Find a quadratic model for this data. Use it to predict the dollar amount spent in 2008.
 Which model seems more accurate? Use the best model to predict the dollar amount spent in 2012.
 What could happen to change this value?
 The data below shows the number of U.S. hospitals for various years.
 Find a quadratic regression line to fit this data.
 Use the model to determine the maximum number of hospitals.
 In which year was this?
 In what years were there approximately 7,000 hospitals?
 What seems to be the trend with this data?
 A pendulum’s distance is measured and recorded in the following table.
 What seems to be the best model for this data?
 Find a quadratic regression line to fit this data. Approximate the length of the seventh swing.
 Find an exponential regression line to fit this data. Approximate the length of the seventh swing.
Quadratic Equations and Functions Test
 True or false? The vertex determines the domain of a quadratic function.
 Suppose the leading coefficient of a quadratic equation is . What can you conclude about the shape of the parabola?
 Find the discriminant of the equation and determine the number of real solutions: .
 A ball is thrown upward from a height of four feet with an initial velocity of 45 feet/second.
 Using Newton’s law, write the equation to model this situation.
 What is the maximum height of the ball?
 When will the ball reach 10 feet?
 Will the ball ever reach 36.7 feet?
 When will the ball hit the ground?
In 5–9, solve the equation using any method.
 What is the vertex of ? Does the parabola open up or down? Is the vertex a maximum or a minimum?
 Graph .
 Evaluate the discriminant. How many real solutions does the quadratic equation have?
 Suppose . What can you conclude about the solutions to the quadratic equation?
 Rewrite in standard form: .
 Graph and determine the function's range and vertex: .
 Graph and determine the function's range and intercept: .
 The following information was taken from USA Today regarding the number of cancer deaths for various years.

Year Number of Deaths Per 100,000 men 1980 205.3 1985 212.6 1989 217.6 1993 212.1 1997 201.9  Cancer Deaths of Men
 Source: USA Today

 Find a linear regression line to fit this data. Use it to predict the number of male deaths caused by cancer in 1999.
 Find a linear regression line to fit this data. Use it to predict the number of male deaths caused by cancer in 1999.
 Find an exponential regression line to fit this data. Use it to predict the number of male deaths caused by cancer in 1999.
 Which seems to be the best fit for this data?
Texas Instruments Resources
In the CK12 Texas Instruments Algebra I FlexBook, there are graphing calculator activities designed to supplement the objectives for some of the lessons in this chapter. See http://www.ck12.org/flexr/chapter/9620.