# Guidlenes for tansforming graphs

• FiveAlive
In summary, the conversation is about transforming a parabola and finding the tangent line and vertex. The person is looking for a webpage that explains how manipulating a function will change the graph, and they mention that changing X^2 to -X^2 will invert the parabola. The formula for a parabola opening up or down is also discussed. The person also asks for suggestions on how to rearrange the equation to look more like a quadratic equation.

#### FiveAlive

This is a little more open ended then most HW questions. I'm helping a friend with some HW and we need to transform a parabola. Ultimately we have to find the tangent line, vertex, ect but I'm failing to recall the rules on how to manipulate the parabola to be in the domain of the graph we need and the sharpness of the curvature.

Can anyone recommend a webpage that lays out the the guideline of how changing a function will change the graph? I remember a few things like changing X^2 to -X^2 will invert the parabola but I've been surfing the web for a bit and haven't found anything concise and I can't find my old textbook.

Linus

The general equation of a parabola opening up or down is

y - b = k(x - a)2.

The a and b determine the location of the vertex at (a,b). k positive or negative determines opening up or down. k large or small determines whether the parabola is "skinny" or "fat".

Hey thanks so much. Any suggestions for how to rearrange y - b = k(x - a)^2 so it looks more like a quadratic equation?

Normally you want to take a quadratic equation and complete the square to write it this way. But go ahead and multiply it all out and add b to both sides and you will have y as a quadratic equation expressed in powers of x.

You're brilliant. Thanks again for the help.