# What is the standard form of the equation for a parabola?

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Oct 16, 2015

See the explanation section.

#### Explanation:

The term "standard form" is perhaps overused in mathematics.

The standard form for a quadratics function (as a polynomial function) is

The standard for for the equation of a parabola (also called the vertex form) is like the standard form for other conic sections.

For a parabola with vertex

(that is, it opens up or down)

the standard form is

(If the parabola opens sideways, it includes the points