How od I work out the x intercept and vertex in these two equations?
y=x^2-x-6
and
y=-x^2+3x+10
Is the x intercept purely the coefficient of x?
You know what a y intercept is, yes? The point on a graph where the function crosses the y axis. So an x intercept is a point on a graph where the function crosses the x axis.
So to find the x intercepts of $\displaystyle y = x^2 - x - 6$ you need to solve $\displaystyle x^2 - x - 6 = 0$ 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 $\displaystyle y = ax^2 + bx + c$ is the line $\displaystyle x = -\frac{b}{2a}$. 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.
-Dan