How do you make a T chart for the problem y=2x^2+4x-5

Friday, July 23rd, 2010

Solution:

First, you have to have a clear idea what y = 2x^2+4x-5 means. This is an equation that tells you that, for any value of x, you can find y by dividing by multiplying x by x, and then multiplying that by two, adding 2 times x and finally subtracting 5. Does that sound familiar?

Now, what is the table you have to make? You will list several values of x (which you will be using as x-coordinates in your graph), and for each one use the equation to find what y is. We’ll show the work:

For x = 1, y = 2*1*1    +    4*1   –   5    =    1

For x = 2, y = 2*2*2    +    4*2   –   5    =  11

For x = 3, y = 2*3*3    +    4*3   –   5    =  25

For x = 4, y = 2*4*4    +    4*4   –   5    =  43

For x = 5, y = 2*5*5    +    4*5   –   5    =  65

Do you see what we did there? We just replaced x in the equation by each value of x, and did the multiplication and addition.

Now your table will look like this:

x |  y

–+—–

1 | 1

2 | 11

3 | 25

4 | 43

5 | 65

We’ve only shown the x,y values for 1 through 5, out there are an infinite number of x values that you could plug in, including negative numbers and fractions. You can use the resulting T chart to help you create a graph, which will look like this:

This entry was posted on Friday, July 23rd, 2010 at 3:56 am and is filed under 9th Grade, Homework Answers, Math Answers. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.