Hi, I got a question asking "Find the equation of the locus of the vertex of f(x)=x^2-2mx+2m+1 "What is locus is and how can i write an equation of a locus i made a search but didnt really get anything useful. Thanks

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- February 14th 2008, 12:34 PMJohnDoeLocus of The Vertex
Hi, I got a question asking "Find the equation of the locus of the vertex of f(x)=x^2-2mx+2m+1 "What is locus is and how can i write an equation of a locus i made a search but didnt really get anything useful. Thanks

- February 14th 2008, 12:58 PMearboth
1. Calculate the coordinates of the vertex:

. Therefore the coordinates of the vertex are:

V(m, -m^2+2m+1)

2. From the coordinates you know:

3. Substitute the term for m from the 1rst equation into the 2nd equation. You get:

. And that's the equation of the curve on which all vertices of all parabola are placed. (Red line)