# Mathmom's Contest

• Apr 10th 2012, 07:25 PM
mathmom8
Mathmom's Contest
I need a breakdown for my son's homework

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thanks!

Mathmom.
• Apr 10th 2012, 07:47 PM
Re: Mathmom's Contest
try to find a,b,c in terms of \$\displaystyle y_0,y_1\$ and \$\displaystyle y_2\$
• Apr 10th 2012, 07:53 PM
mathmom8
Re: Mathmom's Contest
Yes, that is what I cannot figure out how to accomplish
• Apr 10th 2012, 08:04 PM
Re: Mathmom's Contest
here's a clue

you know that \$\displaystyle (-h,y_0),(0,y_1),(h,y_2)\$ satisfies the equation. So you can substitute those points to the equation and get three equations with a,b,c and \$\displaystyle y_0,y_1,y_2\$. There you go.
• Apr 10th 2012, 08:26 PM
mathmom8
Re: Mathmom's Contest
Look, admittedly I'm not a mathematician. I'm a single mother of two boys, and I cant work through this, nor can my son recall ever seeing it in class. We need it clearly worked out
• Apr 11th 2012, 10:35 AM
HallsofIvy
Re: Mathmom's Contest
Then your son should go to his teacher and ask about this problem. If he has been given a problem like this, he is clearly expected to be able to understand it even if not complete it. The last thing you want to do is trick his teacher into thinking he can do it so he doesn't need more instruction!
• Apr 11th 2012, 10:42 AM
mathmom8
Re: Mathmom's Contest
OK

close this thread i got it