# How can I tell whether a parabola opens upward or downward?

##### 1 Answer

Jun 22, 2018

The highest order term, the coefficient of the

#### Explanation:

Though any quadratic formula will 'dip' one way or another, the term that will provide the strongest overall direction to the equation will be the 'leading term', or the term with the highest power.

If the term is positive, then as