# How do you write the equation of the parabola in vertex form given vertex is at (-1, 17) and the parabola passes through the point (0, 6)?

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Feb 21, 2016

#### Explanation:

The equation of a parabola in vertex form is

#y = a(x - h )^2 + k#

#" where (h , k) are the coordinates of vertex "# here the vertex = (-1 , 17 ) and so equation is

# y = a(x + 1 )^2 + 17# Since the point (0 , 6) lies on the parabola it will satisfy the equation and by substituting the coordinate point , will allow a to be found.

hence

# 6 = a(0+1)^2 + 17 → 6 = a +17 → a = - 11#

#rArr y = -11(x + 1 )^2 + 17#