What is a Parabola?


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Which phrase describes a parabola that looks like an upside down U?

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1. Which of the following is TRUE about the vertex of a parabola?

2. Which one of the following divides the parabola into two equal halves?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The vocabulary surrounding parabolas may be confusing at first, but this quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand this important mathematical concept. To pass the quiz, you will need to be knowledgeable of key terms like intercepts and axis of symmetry.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments, you'll be tested on the following vocabulary terms:

  • Vertex
  • Axis of symmetry
  • Minimum
  • Intercepts

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on parabolas
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main terms, such as vertex and intercepts
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding parabolas
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about parabolas

Additional Learning

Study the lesson What is a Parabola? to learn more about these graphs of quadratic equations. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Defining key terms, such as linear equation, quadratic function, and parabola
  • Demonstrating how parabolas work using the example of Angry Birds and gravity
  • Explaining the importance of parabolas and what they can tell you