Graph of Quadratic Function/Solving Quadratic Equation for (a=1,b=-20,c=-20)

Let us consider the following quadratic function: f(x) = x2 -20x -20

The solutions of the quadratic equation x2 -20x -20 = 0 correspond to the zeros or the roots of the function f(x) = x2 -20x -20. 
These are the points where the graph of f(x) cuts the x-axis. The graph cuts the Y-axis at -20.

The Discriminant and Roots of the Quadratic Equation x2 -20x -20 = 0

The standard form of a quadratic equation is ax2 + bx + c = 0, where "a" does not equal 0. Note that if a = 0, the x2 term would disappear and the equation would be linear.
Looking at the given quadratic function  a = 1, b = -20, c = -20. 
The discriminant D = b2 - 4ac = -202 - 4 * (1) * (-20) = 480.0
The roots of the equation are  (-b - √D)/2a and (-b + √D)/2a 
= (-(-20) - √480.0)/(2(1)) and (-(-20) + √480.0)/(2(1))
-0.954 and 20.954 

The discriminant is positive. Hence, the roots are real and unequal. The quadratic curve cuts the X axis at two distinct points.
The value of 'x' in the intervals (x < -0.954) and (x > 20.954) satisfy the inequality x2 -20x -20 > 0


Graph of y = f(x) = x2 -20x -20
Quadratic Polynomial Parabola


Geometric and Graphical interpretation: Curve Sketching


The function f(x) = x2 -20x -20 is the quadratic function. The graph of any quadratic function has the same general shape. This shape is called a parabola. The location and size of the parabola, and how it opens, depend on the values of coefficients in the function. This parabola has a minima point and opens upwards. The graph of the parabola is symmetric with respect to the vertical line passing through the vertex. 

The x-coordinate of the vertex will be located at x = (-b/2a) = (-(-20))/(2*1) = 10.0, and the y-coordinate of the vertex is -120.0 which we obtain by substituting the value x = 10.0 in x2 -20x -20. This is the minima value attained by the quadratic function f(x). The derivative of the function is 0 at this point. This point is a turning point or a stationary point.
The solutions of the quadratic equation x2 -20x -20 = 0 correspond to the zeros or the roots of the function f(x) = x2 -20x -20.  As shown in the figure, when the coefficients a, b, and c are real numbers and the domain of f is the set of real numbers, then the roots of f are exactly the x-coordinates of the points where the graph touches the x-axis. The discriminant is positive. Hence, the roots are real and unequal. The quadratic curve cuts the X axis at two distinct points.
The value of 'x' in the intervals (x < -0.954) and (x > 20.954) satisfy the inequality x2 -20x -20 > 0

The vertex is the lowest point on the parabola if the parabola opens upward (coefficient a > 0) and is the highest point on the parabola if the parabola opens downward (coefficient a < 0)


Check the plot of another quadratic curve here.

Here's another quadratic curve here.
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