##### SAT
If you encounter a question with a graph of a parabola on the SAT Math exam, then you'll probably be dealing with a quadratic function. In the following practice questions, you'll need to find the forms of the equation that are equivalent to a given parabola.

## Practice questions

1. Which of the following equivalent forms of the equation shows the coordinates of the vertex of the parabola as constants in the equation?
A. y = (x + 2)(x – 4) B. y = x2 – 2x – 8 C. y = x(x – 2) – 8 D. y = (x – 1)2 – 9
2. The following drawing shows the graph of the equation y = x2 – 2x – 3. Which of the following equations is equivalent to the equation of the graph?
A. y = (x – 1)2 + 4 B. y = (x – 1)2 – 4 C. y = (x + 1)2 + 4 D. y = (x + 1)2 – 4

1. The correct answer is Choice (D). Per the drawing, the coordinates of the vertex of the parabola are (1, –9). Look for an equation containing 1 and –9. (In the answer, –1 contains a 1.)
2. The correct answer is Choice (B). The answer is a perfect square minus an integer. For the perfect square to produce x – 2x (in the equation), it has to contain (x – 1)2. FOIL out the (x – 1)2 to see what the integer has to be:
The given equation ends with –3, not 1, so subtract 4: y = (x – 1)2 – 4.