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How does the second term in a quadratic, bx, affect the graph?

  1. Apr 14, 2007 #1
    How does the second term in a quadratic, bx, affect the graph?
     
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  3. Apr 14, 2007 #2

    Hurkyl

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    You could experiment with it! You're curious as to the effect of the linear term... so plot a bunch of quadratics with different linear terms.
     
  4. Apr 14, 2007 #3

    robphy

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    Since this is physicsforum.com, you might also try to consider the kinematic analogue (representing one-dimensional projectile motion).
     
  5. Apr 14, 2007 #4

    Gib Z

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    Or, try getting the general form, ax^2 + bx+c, and complete the square on that.
     
  6. Apr 15, 2007 #5

    Tom Mattson

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    Yeah Gib, that's what I would suggest. If Fletcher knows how translations of the graph of a function are related to transformations of its formula, then completing the square will tell the him exactly what he wants to know.
     
  7. Apr 15, 2007 #6
    Thanks, that was helpful.
     
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