Graphing Quadratic Equations
Lesson Objective
In this lesson, we will learn about graphing quadratic equations.
About This Lesson
In this lesson, we will:
 Learn how to graph quadratic equations.
 See how we can graph the equation when the xcoordinates of the graph are given (1st math video).
 See how we can graph the equation when the xcoordinates are not given (2nd math video).
The study tips and math video below will explain more.
Study Tips
Tip #1
The general quadratic equation is given as:
Where a, b and c are the coefficients of each term respectively. Depending on the value of a, a quadratic graph may have a 'U' shape or a '∩' shape.
When graphing quadratic equations, you will see shapes that are similar to the pictures on the right. Here are some basic guidelines to help you:
 Draw a xy table to store the coordinates of all the points.
 It is better to have at least 7 points to get a good idea on how the graph looks like.
 Practice as many times as you can when drawing the graph, so that the curve will look smooth and steady.

'U' Shape

'∩' Shape
The math videos below will show you the steps to graph any quadratic equations.
Math Video
Basics on Graphing Quadratic Equations
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Math Video Transcript
GRAPHING QUADRATIC EQUATIONS PART 1
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This lesson will show the basics behind graphing quadratic equations.
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Consider this quadratic equation, y = x^2 4.
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Now, from this table, we can see that all the xcoordinates are given.
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To graph the equation, we can use these xcoordinates to find all the ycoordinates.
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After doing so, we will have the coordinates of seven points that can be used to graph the equation.
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Let's start. When x is 3, we can substitute x in this equation with 3.
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Now, let's simplify this equation. (3)^2 square, is the same as 3, multiply by 3, which equals to 9.
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Let's write this back here. 9 minus 4, gives 5. Hence, we get y equals to 5.
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Now, let's fill in this box with 5.
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With this, we have a point with the coordinates (3, 5). This point is located right over here.
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Let's calculate the next point. Substituting x, with 2. (2)^2 is the same as 2, multiply by 2, which is equals to 4.
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Let's write this number here.
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Next, 4 subtract by 4, gives 0. Hence, we have y equals to 0.
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Now, we can write the number 0, here.
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By doing so, we get a point with the coordinates (2, 0). This point is located right over here.
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To find the next point, we repeat the same steps as before. Substitute x in this equation with 1.
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Simplifying (1)^2, gives 1. 1 minus 4 gives, 3. Hence, we have y equals to 3. Now, let's fill in this box with 3.
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With this, we have a point with the coordinate (1, 3), and this point is located right over here.
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Now, by repeating the same steps for the rest of the xcoordinates, we will have all the y coordinates.
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The point with the coordinates (0, 4) is located here. Next, the point with the coordinates (1, 3) is located here. Again, the point with the coordinates (2, 0) is located here. Finally, the point with the coordinates (3, 5) is located here.
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Now, we have 7 points. By drawing a curve shown here, we can join these points together. This gives the quadratic equation, y = x^2 4
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That is all for this lesson. In the next lesson, we will learn about the vertex of a quadratic graph.
Graphing Quadratic Equations By Making Use of The Vertex Formula
Note that, before watching the video below, you should have some idea on the vertex of a quadratic equation...
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GRAPHING QUADRATIC EQUATIONS PART 2
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In this lesson, we will learn another way for graphing quadratic equations.
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Consider this quadratic equation, y = x^2+2x+4.
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First, we need a table to record the coordinates of the points that we are going to calculate.
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Since the xcoordinates are not given in this table, we need a way to get them.
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To do so, we can use the formula for the xcoordinate of the vertex of a quadratic equation, x = b/2a.
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To find the values of 'a' and ‘b', we can compare this equation with the general quadratic equation, y = ax^2 + bx +c.
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For easier comparison, we can rewrite this equation as, y = 1x^2 +2x +4.
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By comparing, we have, a=1, b=2, and c=4.
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Knowing this, we can substitute 'a' with 1, and substitute 'b' with 2.
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Let's simplify this term. Now, this term is the same as, 2/2(1). 2 multiply by 1, gives 2. 2 divides by 2, gives 1.
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Hence, we have, x=1. Let's write this down here.
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With this, we know that we have a point with the xcoordinate of 1, and this point is located at the middle of the graph.
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Keeping this in mind, we can pick the rest of the xcoordinates, by taking three xcoordinates smaller than 1, which are, 0, 1, 2. And take three xcoordinates greater than 1, which are 2, 3, and 4.
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Let's change back to the original equation. With all the xcoordinates, we can now use this equation to calculate the ycoordinates. Here’s how.
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When the xcoordinate is 2, we can substitute x in this term with 2. Similarly, we can substitute x in this term with 2. Let's calculate for y. 2 multiply with 2, gives 4. 4 and +4, cancels off each other.
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(2)^2, is the same as, 2 multiply by 2. which is equals to 4. Let's write this down here.
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So now, we have, y equals to 4. Let's write it here.
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We can perform the same steps to find the rest of the ycoordinates.
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After doing so, the table will be filled with numbers as shown.
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Alright, let's put these points on the graph.
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The point (2, 4) is located here.
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The point (1, 1) is located here.
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The point (0, 4) is located here.
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Now, we repeat the same steps with the rest of the coordinates, and we will have all the points in placed, as seen on the graph.
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Finally, we draw a curve to join these points together, as shown.
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This is the graph of y=x^2+2x+4.
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That is all for this lesson, try out the practice question to test your understanding
End of Transcript for Graphing Quadratic Equations 2
Practice Questions & More
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Now, let's try some MCQ questions to understand this lesson better.
You can start by going through the series of questions on graphing quadratic equations or pick your choice of question below.
 Question 1 on the basics on graphing quadratic equations when the xcoordinates are given
 Question 2 on graphing quadratic equations when the xcoordinates are not given
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