Purpose of coefficients in a equation or expression?

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Hello.
I have an equation which I understand partially but after understanding the purpose of coefficients in the below equation I think my understanding will enhance.
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* I found it on: https://www.desmos.com/calculator/dnzfajfpym

What decides that I need coefficients for x2 in the given equation of this post?

I think that coefficients of x2 in this post's equation exist to scale up or scale down the size of the thing drawn in blue box: Correct?

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But how do I come up a number that is so precise like:
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which is the coefficient of x2 to complete the sketching of the curve (Batman)?

Do I need to solve a few equations to come up with the coefficient of x2 in the following equation?
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Thanks!
 

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Do I need to solve a few equations to come up with the coefficient of x2 in the following equation?
Just one. It should match the elliptic parts outside: At ##x = \pm 4## the value of the function has to be about -2.45 to make the curve continuous. You can get the exact value from curve 2: It has to be ##-3\sqrt{1-(4/7)^2}##
 

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