Lesson 4 To Be Determined Develop Understanding
Which One Doesn’t Belong?
Examine each of the quadratic functions given below and determine which one is not like the others.
Write quadratic functions in vertex, factored, and standard form.
Find roots of a quadratic function.
Use the roots of a quadratic function to write the function in factored form.
Can every quadratic function be written in all three of the forms we have studied: standard, vertex, and factored form?
How do solutions of a quadratic relate to the factors of a quadratic function?
Do all quadratic functions have two roots?
Open Up the Math: Launch, Explore, Discuss
Israel and Miriam are working together on a homework assignment. They need to write the equations of quadratic functions from the information given in a table or a graph. At first, this work seemed really easy. However, as they continued to work on the assignment, the algebra got more challenging and raised some interesting questions that they can’t wait to ask their teacher. Work through the following problems from Israel and Miriam’s homework. Use the information in the table or the graph to write the equation of the quadratic function in all three forms. You may start with any form you choose, but you need to find all three equivalent forms.
Israel was concerned that his factored form for the function in problem 4 didn’t look quite right. Miriam suggested that he test it out by substituting in some values for
Why might Israel be concerned about writing the factored form of the function in problem 4?
Here are some more examples from Israel and Miriam’s homework.
Miriam notices that the graphs of the functions in problems 7 and 8 have the same vertex point. Israel notices that the graphs of the functions in problems 2 and 7 are mirror images across the
The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
A polynomial function is a function of the form:
where all of the exponents are positive integers and all of the coefficients
As the theory of finding roots of polynomial functions evolved, a 17th century mathematician, Girard (1595-1632) made the following claim which has come to be known as the Fundamental Theorem of Algebra: An
In the next unit you will study polynomial functions that contain higher-ordered terms such as
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Square roots can often be written in equivalent forms by looking for perfect square factors that can be removed from the radicand. For example,
Observations about the
- Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
- roots: real and imaginary
- zeros, roots, solutions
- Bold terms are new in this lesson.
In this lesson, we examined solutions to quadratic equations and connected them with the graph of the function. Solutions for a quadratic equation can be used to write the function in factored form in a process that is the reverse of solving an equation by factoring. We found that when the graph of the quadratic function did not cross the
Write an equivalent form of the square root:
If the given quadratic function can be factored, factor and provide the