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Ploting a Quadratic Function

For the function y = x2 - 4x - 5, perform the following tasks:

a) Put the function in the form y = a(x - h)2 + k.
b) What is the line of symmetry?
c) Graph the function using the equation in part a. Explain why it is not necessary to plot points to graph when using y = a (x - h)2 + k.
d) Describe how this graph compares to the graph of y = x2?

Solution Summary

This solution is comprised of a detailed, step by step response which illustrates how to solve for the various quadratic function in question. The solution is provided in an attached Word document and a .bmp file is attached containing a graph pertaining to this response.

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