1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Sketch the graph of y=x^2 and graph y=1/2(x+4)^2 -5 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution So, This is the method I use for vertical compression/expansion Step pattern of a parabola at y=x^2 is 1,3,5 Start at vertex, go out by one, go up by 1 and plot the point. From that point, you go out by 1 go up by 3, plot the point. then go out by one, go up by 5 and plot the point.. use symmetry to get the other side and that gives you y=x^2 of a porabola. If you have something like y=4(x-2) +4 then the vertex is (2,4) , and since there is a vertical stretch you multiply the step pattern of, 1,3,5 by 4 , giving you, 4 ,12, 20, ... effectively... Start at the vertex of 2,2 . and go out by 1 and up by 4, plot the point, then go out by one up by 12, plot the point. and so forth, that is what ive learned as the step pattern for a parabola. when you have vertica lstretch you multiply by 4. Why doesnt this work now? Usually when you have a graph like 1/2(x-4)^2 +5 You go to the left 4 units, up 5 units, then multiply the step patern of 1,3,5 by 0.5. But for some reason that doesnt work. So how the hell do you do a vertical stretch on the parabola?