Brooke Sherrell


a symmetrical open plane curve formed by the intersection of a cone with a plane parallel to its side. The path of a projectile under the influence of gravity ideally follows a curve of this shape.


involving the second and no higher power of an unknown quantity or variable.


each angular point of a polygon, polyhedron, or other figure.

Axis of symmetry

A line through a shape so that each side is a mirror image. If the shape were to be folded in half along the axis of symmetry, then the two halves would be the same, they would match up.

Maximum value

The largest value.

Minimum Value

The smallest value.


In Algebra a term is either a single number, a variable, or numbers and variables multiplied together.

first differences

The differences between y-values of a function for evenly spread x-values.
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second differences

Differences between first differences of a function.


Any number x such that f(x)=0