How od I work out the x intercept and vertex in these two equations?
Is the x intercept purely the coefficient of x?
So to find the x intercepts of you need to solve for x. (Note: A function can only have 1 y intercept, but it can have many x intercepts.) I should add the the x and y intercepts are points, so you should lable your x intercepts in the form (x, 0). (Some people get sloppy and just give an x value, which technically isn't correct.)
To find the vertex point, note that the axis of symmetry of the parabola is the line . So find x = -b/(2a) for your parabola and plug that x value into the function to find y. Then the pair (x, y) is your vertex point.