solve for m.

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I'm always stuck with an wrong answer.

The graph of the function is a parabola opening downward. Choose c such that the vertex lies below the x-axis.

<- i understand the part where you factorize the minus sign out. but how did you manage to add this in? **<-- actually I added zero, so no damage has been done** [COLOR="red"]

**The whole procedure is called "Completing the square". Google for it**
That means the vertex is at V(1, 1+c)

According to the question the y-coordinate of the vertex must be smaller than zero:

solve for c.

Calculate the coordinates of the point of intersection between the straight line and the curve:

Solve for x.

**<--- That means apply the quadratic formula and go back to the first question. It's just the same procedure.**
You only get one single point of intersection (that's the tangent point!) if the discriminant equals zero. Solve for c.

okay i'm totally lost on this question. i think i'll need to wait for my tutorial class for an detailed explanation.