# How does the discriminant affect the graph?

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when a>0 and D > 0, parabola is open towards +ve y-axis (upwards) and intersects the x-axis at two points (Ex:

When a>0 and D=0, parabola is open towards +ve y-axis (upwards) and touches x-axis (Ex:

When a>0 and D<0, parabola is above x-axis and is open towards +ve y-axis (Ex:

When a<0 and D>0, Parabola is open towards -ve y-axis (downwards) and intersects x-axis (Ex:

When a<0 and D=0, Parabola is open towards -ve y-axis (downwards) and touches x-axis (Ex:

when a<0 and D<0, Parabola is open towards -ve y-axis (downwards) and is below x-axis (Ex:

uhh... To make it clear, in the first three cases, the parabola looks like the letter 'U' and in the last three cases, it looks like inverted 'U'.

:D :)