# How do you graph #y= (x+1)^2 -10 #?

##### 1 Answer

Three points make a curve. You can solve for the vertex (minimum) and the (presumably) two x-intercepts, and sketch whatever connects all three points.

Normally you might do this:

But this form is easier. You basically have an

This one is shifted left 1 unit and down 10 units from

So instead of the vertex at

Finally, if you want to, you get the y-intercept by setting

You can see that here by clicking on the intercepts and the vertex:

graph{(x+1)^2 - 10 [-5, 5, -15, 5]}