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## Is a quadratic equation always a parabola?

Regardless of the format, the graph of a quadratic function is a parabola. The graph of y=x2−4x+3 y = x 2 − 4 x + 3 : The graph of any quadratic equation is always a parabola.

**What makes a parabola A parabola?**

A parabola is the set of points in a plane that are the same distance from a given point and a given line in that plane. The given point is called the focus, and the line is called the directrix. The midpoint of the perpendicular segment from the focus to the directrix is called the vertex of the parabola.

### How is a parabola and quadratic the same or different?

Graphs of quadratic functions all have the same shape which we call “parabola.” All parabolas have shared characteristics. For example, they are all symmetric about a line that passes through their vertex. This video covers this and other basic facts about parabolas.

**How do you tell if an equation is a parabola?**

If they are, then these characteristics are as follows:

- Circle: When x and y are both squared and the coefficients on them are the same — including the sign.
- Parabola: When either x or y is squared — not both.
- Ellipse: When x and y are both squared and the coefficients are positive but different.

## What does a parabola equation look like?

The general equation of a parabola is: y = a(x-h)2 + k or x = a(y-k)2 +h, where (h,k) denotes the vertex. The standard equation of a regular parabola is y2 = 4ax. Some of the important terms below are helpful to understand the features and parts of a parabola.

**What is a parabola equation?**

The general equation of a parabola is: y = a(x-h)2 + k or x = a(y-k)2 +h, where (h,k) denotes the vertex. The standard equation of a regular parabola is y2 = 4ax.

### What do AB and C mean in a parabola?

Changing the value of “b” will move the axis of symmetry of the parabola from side to side; increasing b will move the axis in the opposite direction. Changing the value of “c” will move the vertex of the parabola up or down and “c” is always the value of the y-intercept.

**What is the focus point of a parabola with this equation?**

If you have the equation of a parabola in vertex form y=a(x−h)2+k, then the vertex is at (h,k) and the focus is (h,k+14a). Notice that here we are working with a parabola with a vertical axis of symmetry, so the x-coordinate of the focus is the same as the x-coordinate of the vertex.

## What is an example of a parabola in the real world?

When liquid is rotated, the forces of gravity result in the liquid forming a parabola-like shape. The most common example is when you stir up orange juice in a glass by rotating it round its axis. Parabolas are also used in satellite dishes to help reflect signals that then go to a receiver. …