Learn how to graph a Quadratic Functions in the vertex or standard forms following few simple steps.

## Step by step guide to Graphing Quadratic Functions

- Quadratic functions in vertex form: \(y=a(x – h)^2+k\) where \((h,k)\) is the vertex of the function. The axis of symmetry is \(x=h\)
- Quadratic functions in standard form: \(y=ax^2+bx+c\) where \(x=-\frac{b}{2a}\) is the value of \(x\) in the vertex of the function.
- To graph a quadratic function, first find the vertex, then substitute some values for \(x\) and solve for \(y\).

### Example 1:

Sketch the graph of \(y=(x+1)^2-2\).

**Solution:**

First, recall that a Quadratic function in vertex form is \(y=a(x – h)^2+k\) where \((h,k)\) is the vertex of the function. The vertex of \(y=(x+1)^2-2\) is \((-1,-2)\). Substitute zero for \(x\) and solve for \(y\). \(y=(0+1)^2-2=-1\). The \(y\) Intercept is \((0,-1)\).

Now, you can simply graph the quadratic function.

### Example 2:

Sketch the graph of \(y=3(x+1)^2+2\).

**Solution:**

The vertex of \(3(x+1)^2+2\) is \((-1,2)\). Substitute zero for \(x\) and solve for \(y\). \(y=3(0+1)^2+2=5\). The \(y\) Intercept is \((0,5)\).

Now, you can simply graph the quadratic function.

## Exercises

### Sketch the graph of each function. Identify the vertex and axis of symmetry.

- \(\color{blue}{y = 3(x-5)^2-2}\)

- \(\color{blue}{y=x^2-3x+15}\)

### Download Graphing Quadratic Functions Worksheet

- \(\color{blue}{y = 3(x-5)^2-2}\)

- \(\color{blue}{y=x^2-3x+15}\)