Quadratics Vocabulary

Parabola

A parabola is a curved line shaped like an arch, any point is the same distance from the focus and the directrix

Quadratic

An equation where the highest exponent on a variable is ^2

Vertex

A point where two or more lines meet.

Axis of Symmetry

The vertical line on a parabola where each side is perfectly symmetrical

Maximum Value and Minimum Value

The highest value of a parabola, the y axis.


The lowest value on a parabola, on the y axis.

Terms

A term is a number, a variable, or a number and variable together.

First Difference

The first set of differences in the values of x and y

Second Difference

The second set of differences in the values of x and y

Zeros

The two objects on opposite sides of a parabola, like -2 and 2. In an equation they add up to 0.