# convert to vertex form y=-2x^2+6x+1 and y=x^2+4x+1

## Expert Answers You need to remember what the vertex form of a quadratic is such that:

`y = a(x-h)^2 + k`

Notice that (h,k) expresses the vertex of parabola.

The problem provides the equation `y=-2x^2+6x+1` , hence you should collect the terms `-2x^2+6x` , to factor out -2 and to complete the square`x^2 - 3x`  such that:

`x^2 - 2*(1/2)*3x + (3/2)^2`

Notice that the term that completes the square is `(3/2)^2` , hence, the binomial raised to square is `(x - 3/2)^2` .

`y = -2(x - 3/2)^2 - 9/4 + 1`

Notice that the term `9/4`  is added to complete the square, but you need to remember that you need to subtract `9/4`  also to keep the equation balanced)

`y = -2(x - 3/2)^2 - 5/4`

You need to use the vertex form to write the equation `y=x^2+4x+1` , hence you need to complete the square `x^2 + 4x`  such that:

`y = (x^2 + 4x + 4) - 4 + 1`

`y = (x+2)^2 - 3`

Hence, converting the given standard forms of quadratics into vertex forms yields `y = -2(x - 3/2)^2 - 5/4`  and `y = (x+2)^2 - 3.`

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