# I can really use a hand on finding vertex

1. Jan 30, 2016

### AstralTao

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
find the slandered equation of a parabola that has a vertex axis that satisfies the given condition.
X intercepts -3 and 5
Y coordinate 4

2. Relevant equations
A(x-h)^2+k=y

3. The attempt at a solution
-4(x-1)^2+4

2. Jan 30, 2016

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
I don't know what a "slandered" equation is. Do you mean find the "standard" equation of a parabola?

3. Jan 30, 2016

### Merlin3189

If you have 3 points, you can make 3 equations, then solve to find the three constants in the parabola equation.

4. Jan 30, 2016

### AstralTao

yes I do

5. Jan 30, 2016

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
I don't know what you've done here. Your attempt is not an equation. If you know the x-intercepts of the parabola, can't you deduce the standard form of the parabola's equation from that?

6. Jan 30, 2016

### SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Hello AstralTao. Welcome to PF !

I have corrected what you posted in the above quote by making my own assumptions.

In your attempt at a solution, what you have given is NOT an equation. I assume you meant y = -4(x-1)2 + 4 . This does not give the correct x-intercepts.

You need to show us how you arrived at that answer, if we are going to be able to help you.

7. Jan 30, 2016

### ehild

Do you really mean that the vertex axis has x intercepts?

8. Jan 31, 2016

### Merlin3189

I had taken the original post to mean the parabola with x intercepts -3 and 5, and y intercept 4.
When Sammy said "y coord of vertex" I wondered if it meant that the maximum of the parabola had y coord = 4.
This seems to make the arithmetic simpler (than y intercept = 4) especially using that general form of the parabola equation, so maybe that is what was meant.
I can't remember hearing the term "vertex" used in this context, but it would be a reasonable one to describe the maximum point.
What a "vertex axis" would be, I don't know. Maybe the vertical line of symmetry through the maximum. But then I'd expect to be told its x value, not its y value. It would obviously have one x intercept at (1,0) but no other intercepts, unless we start talking about the vertex axis intercepting the parabola.

Were I answering the question, I'd just state clearly what I took the question to mean and solve that.

9. Jan 31, 2016

### HallsofIvy

If a parabola had x-intercepts a and b, then its equation is of the form y= A(x- a)(x- b) for some number A. You are given the x-intercepts so all you need to do is find the correct value of A. You say "Y coordinate 4"? The y coordinate of what point? Is that the y-intercept, where x= 0, or the y-coordinate of the vertex?