# What is the equation of the parabola with a vertex of (8,3) and an x intercept of 5?

##### 1 Answer

Jan 30, 2016

# y = - 1/3 (x-8)^2 + 3 #

#### Explanation:

The vertex form of the equation is :

# y = a(x-h)^2 + k # where ( h , k ) are the coords of the vertex.

using (8 , 3) :

# y = a (x - 8 )^2 + 3 # To find a , requires another point. Given that the

x-intercept is 5 then point is (5 , 0 ) as y-coord is 0 on x-axis.

Substitute x = 5 , y = 0 into equation to find value of a.

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equation is then # y = -1/3 (x - 8 )^2 + 3

graph shows vertex at (8,3) and x-intercept of 5 .

graph{-1/3(x-8)^2 +3 [-11.25, 11.25, -5.625, 5.625]}