What is the equation of a parabola that goes through points (0,1), (–1,6),and (2,3)?

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- Sep 27th 2008, 04:28 AMmagentaritaEquation of Parabola
What is the equation of a parabola that goes through points (0,1), (–1,6),and (2,3)?

- Sep 27th 2008, 04:37 AMmr fantastic
Substitute the given points into the model $\displaystyle y = ax^2 + bx + c$:

$\displaystyle (0, \, 1) \Rightarrow 1 = c$.

Update the model:

$\displaystyle y = ax^2 + bx + 1$.

$\displaystyle (-1, \, 6) \Rightarrow 6 = a - b + 1 \Rightarrow a - b = 5$ .... (1)

$\displaystyle (2, \, 3) \Rightarrow 3 = 4a + 2b + 1 \Rightarrow 2a + b = 1$ .... (2)

Solve equations (1) and (2) simultaneously. - Sep 27th 2008, 09:35 PMmagentaritagreat