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Graph the quadratic function and state its domain and range   f(x)=x^2-4` `  

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awlgeelady | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 2) Honors

Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:24 PM via web

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Graph the quadratic function and state its domain and range

 
f(x)=x^2-4
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sciencesolve | Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted February 26, 2013 at 4:48 PM (Answer #1)

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You should notice that the domain and the range of quadratic function` f(x) = x^2 - 4` are the same set of real numbers, R.

Since the given function is quadratic, its graph is a parabola. You may find where the parabola intercepts x axis, considering `f(x) = 0` , such that:

`x^2 - 4 = 0 => x^2 = 4 => x_1 = -2; x_2 = 2`

Hence, parabola intercepts x a xis at `(-2,0)` and `(2,0).`

You also may find the vertex of parabola, using the following formulas, such that:

`x = -b/(2a); y = (4ac-b^2)/(4a)`

Since `a = 1, b = 0, c = -4` , yields

`x = -0/2 => x = 0`

`y = (-16 - 0)/(4) => y = -4`

Hence, evaluating the vertex of parabola yields `V(0,-4).`

Thus, you may find important points on parabola not only sketching the graph, but using the formulas indicate above.

Sketching the parabola, you may notice the points of interception and the position of vertex.

Hence, evaluating the domain and the range of quadratic function yields R and sketching the graph, yields:

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