Given that f(x) can be written in the form `A(x+B)^2+C`

where A, B and C are rational numbers.

  1. Find the value of A, B and C
  2. Hence/Otherwise, find:

                                        a) the value of x for which`f(x)`

                                            is a minimum

                                        b) The minimum value of `f(x)`

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1)  The number beside `x^2` is A, so:


2)  Factor out A.  That is, divide everything by 3:


3)  The number that is next to `x` is double B

So, to find B, take 2 and cut in half

So B =1


4)  There are a few ways to find C.  Here is one of them:

You want









One of the reasons this is useful, is it immediately tells you the minimum of the parabola.  (If A is negative, it is an upside-down parabola, and instead the parabola has a maximum)

The minimum value occurs at `x=-B`

So, for this problem, the minimum occurs at `x=-1`

Plug in to find what the minimum value is:


That is, the minimum value is just C

To summarize:

If `f(x)=A(x+B)^2+C`

then the minimum occurs at `x=-B` , and the minimum is `C`

(if A is negative, then the maximum occurs at -B, and the maximum is C)

So, for us, the value of `x` for which `f(x)` is a minimum is -1

and the minimum value of `f(x)` is 4

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