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#### Joystar1977

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- Jul 24, 2013

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y = (x - 5) (x + 1)

y = x ^ 2 - 4x - 5

y = (x - 2) ^ 2 - 9

X-intercept, what are the points, equation, and explanation why that equation is the one

from which the x-intercepts are most easily determined?

Please tell me someone if this is correct or am I thinking of something else:

The simple way to graph y = (x - 5) (x + 1) is to generate at least four points, put those on graph paper and draw a straight line through them.

Here's how I generate the required points:

Use the equation, y = (x -5) (x + 1) and choose an integer for x, say x = 2, and substitute this into your equation to find the corresponding value of y.

y = (x - 5) (x + 1)

y = (2-5) (2 + 1)

y = (-3) (3)

y = -9

So, my first two points has coordinates of (2, -9). Now am I suppose to repeat this operation with a different value of x, say x = 4.

y = (x - 5) (x + 1)

y = (4 -5) (4 + 1)

y = (-1) (5)

y = -5

So, my second two points has coordinates of (4, -5).

Now mark these two locations on graph paper starting at the origin of my graph (where the x-axis crosses the y-axis), go to the right of 2 squares (x = 2) then down 9 squares

y = -9) and mark your first point.

For the second point, again, start at the origin and go right 4 squares (x = 4) and then down 5 squares (y = -5) and mark your second point.

Using a straight edge, draw a line joining these two points. You have now graphed the equation y = ( x -5) (x + 1).

Compare your graph with the graph of y = (x -5) (x + 1).

Am I starting this out right or am I thinking of something different? Please somebody let me know.