anonymous
  • anonymous
What is the possible discriminant of the graph
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anonymous
  • anonymous
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anonymous
  • anonymous
Do they mean what the x-intercepts are when y=0?
anonymous
  • anonymous
does not specify but they give me answers such as -11 zero 18 36

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AccessDenied
  • AccessDenied
Think about where the discriminant comes into the equation for zeroes. \[ x=\frac{-b \pm \sqrt{\color{green}{b^2 - 4ac}}}{2a} \]If the discriminant is negative, then your zeroes are complex valued / not on the graph. If the discriminant is 0, then you'd get +- 0, so the only solution is x=-b/2a. If the discriminant is not a perfect square, then you'll have irrational solutions (you can't remove the root in the solution). If the discriminant is a perfect square, then you'll have rational solutions (they're pretty nice numbers!) Maybe that'll help you think about it.
AccessDenied
  • AccessDenied
* and your solutions / zeroes are (-4,0) and (2,0).
anonymous
  • anonymous
But none of the choices fit the answer ?
anonymous
  • anonymous
I guess they're talking about the y-value.
AccessDenied
  • AccessDenied
they're all possible values of the discriminant for an equation of the graph (y=ax^2 + bx + c) D = b^2 - 4ac the discriminant is part of the formula for finding your zeros of y=ax^2 + bx + c, so which of the values of the discriminant will get you values like -4 and 2? IE: \[ x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{D}}{2a};~~D=-11,~0,~18,~or~36\\\implies x=-4~and~x=2 \]
anonymous
  • anonymous
@AccessDenied thank you for explaining that. I though "discriminant" just meant the x-intercept(s).
anonymous
  • anonymous
@marco What all of this means is that you'll need to find the eqn of your parabola first. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_cnNZ0fCeQ Then you'll be able to find your discriminant.
AccessDenied
  • AccessDenied
Or you could just define the equation itself and find the discriminant directly... vertex = (-1,-9) / vertex form, or you could use zeroes x=-4 and x=2 w/ y=(x--4)(x-2) (just because we can look at the graph and see a=1 / the graph is a translation of x^2) you don't necessarily have to define the equation itself, you can just use the properties to infer... although it might be more obvious w/ direct way. :P

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