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i tried plugging x in but i keep getting wrong numbers
You may have to start with the general equation of a parabola:
y = ax^2 + bx + c
Substitute the three points:(-2,18),(0,2),(4,42) into the equation and solve for a, b and c.
Start out with the point \((0,2)\) which will give you the value of \(c\) with no work.
\[y = ax^2+bx+c\]\[2 = a(0)^2+b(0)+c\]\[2=c\]
Now for the subsequent points you can use \[y = ax^2 + bx + 2\]
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can i just get a answer im tired of working on this equation
Yes, you can get an answer. Plug \((-2,18)\) into that formula, what do you get?
i think its c but i keep getting random numbers
Well, let's say you've worked the problem and you think the answer is C, but you aren't sure. How do you check it? You plug in each of the points and see if they make true statements.
\[y = 3x^2-2x+2\]
\[18 = 3(-2)^2 -2(-2)+2\]\[18 = 3(-2)(-2)-2(-2)+2\]\[18=12+4+2\]\[18=18\checkmark\]So far, the answer is okay, but it must work for all of the points.
Now you just have one last point to check:
I'll let you decide if that works or not.
If you keep getting wrong or random numbers, you should show us an example so we can help you get the right numbers. Telling you the answer to this problem won't really help you if you can't successfully do the problems.