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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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**Find all values of p such that 2(x+4)(x-2p) has a minimum value of -18**

This problem appears in another thread and is answered algebraically there. We will do it using geogebra.

1) Create a slider on the screen and call it p and range it from -20 to 20.

2) Enter in the input bar 2(x+4)(x-2p) and the f(x) = 2(x+4)(x-2 *1) will be created. Zoom the screen to see the parabola you have just made.

3) Enter in the input bar Min(f(x), -20, 20) and the point A will be created at the minima of the parabola.

4) Notice that the default values find the first p that is a minimum with a value of -18. Told you book problems are easy.

5) Move slider with the arrow keys and find the other value for p.

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Well, that works very well!

But I'm sorry, I don't know how it works. Could you explain it to me? I don't understand parabolas (although I think I came across them in high school), nor what f(x) is/does, or how it helped create the parabola.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Sorry for the delay but I am attending a meeting and will be tied up all day.

f(x) is fancy math notation for the statement y = f(x) which is read y is a function of x, meaning y depends on x.

Are you familiar with functions in programming? You can think of it here as x being the argument for the expression f(x) = 2(x+4)(x-2p).

I should not have used the term parabola. Here we are graphing a quadratic equation y = a x^2 + b * x + c. Just expand out 2(x+4)(x-2p) to see that.

f(x) = 2(x+4)(x-2p) is what geogebra used to make the curve you see on your screen.

For much more about parabolas go here:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/parabola.html

How can I help further?

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How do you know that p is within -20 to 20? What happens if there is a value of p but we carelessly slide past it?

*Last edited by Agnishom (2014-04-07 05:32:07)*

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You can demonstrate that with geogebra sort of but it is easier using M.

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With M? How?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Solving:

Notice they are both the same so we have:

Solving this for p we get:

Substituting in 1)

The proof that there is only 2 p's should be apparent to you.

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What about my M code?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hmmm, you can not translate to M?

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My post does not make sense because you've edited the post above it. Do you remember my M code?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I am not following you, I have edited no post recently. I do not remember your code line by line.

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You've edited post 7 ofcourse.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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You've edited post 7 ofcourse.

I made some changes in the latex as I was doing it yes. I also deleted the line saying I was going to post the answer there. Why should I leave that?

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I am not saying that you have done something wrong. I am just stating that post 8 does not make sense because post 7 was changed.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Post #7 answers post #6. I see what you are saying.

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