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iGCSE (2021 Edition)

4.06 Discriminant and parabolas

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Consider a parabola of the form $y=ax^2+bx+c$y=ax2+bx+c, where $a>0$a>0

a

Which of the following statements is true?

The vertex of the parabola is a maximum point.

A

The vertex of the parabola is a minimum point.

B

The vertex of the parabola is a maximum point.

A

The vertex of the parabola is a minimum point.

B
b

Each parabola below has an equation of the form $y=ax^2+bx+c$y=ax2+bx+c.

Select all the graphs for which $a>0$a>0

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D

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0606C2.1

Find the maximum or minimum value of the quadratic function f : x ↦ ax^2 + bx + c by any method.

0606C2.2

Use the maximum or minimum value of f(x) to sketch the graph or determine the range for a given domain.

0606C2.3

Know the conditions for f(x) = 0 to have two real roots, two equal roots, no real roots. Know the related conditions for a given line to intersect a given curve, be a tangent to a given curve, not intersect a given curve.

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