How do you find the axis of symmetry, graph and find the maximum or minimum value of the function #y=(x+4)^2+2#?

1 Answer
Jan 31, 2017

The vertex form for a quadratic looks like: #y=a(x-h)^2+k#. Once you know that the vertex is at (-4,2), you can find out lots of other information!


The axis of symmetry must go through the vertex, so it is the line #x = -4#.

Since the leading coefficient, or multiplier on #x# is 1, and 1 is positive, the parabola will open upward. This means that the graph will have a minimum rather than a maximum. The minimum is the y-value from the vertex: 2.

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