Ch 16: TASC Math: Graphing and Factoring Quadratic Equations

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Our professional instructors take you through this chapter's engaging lessons to prepare you for TASC Math questions on graphing and factoring quadratic equations. Use the chapter's quizzes to get practice after finishing the lessons.

TASC Math: Graphing and Factoring Quadratic Equations - Chapter Summary

Completing the square to help learn about a parabola is one topic covered in these engaging video and text lessons. Each of the following lessons' topics will make you more prepared for the TASC Math exam:

  • Functions of tables and graphs in the real world
  • Scatter plots and line graphs
  • Standard, vertex and intercept parabolas
  • Using FOIL and the area method to multiplying binomials
  • Factoring quadratic equations through the FOIL method in reverse
  • Solving a quadratic equation by factoring
  • Factoring quadratic trinomials
  • Completing the square

The few extra steps needed to factor quadratics with a non-1 leading coefficient is another targeted subject you'll learn about through an effective video lesson along with its accompanying with text transcript. If you look at a video once and want to go back you to a specific place, you can easily skip around to different segments with the video tags.

Objectives of the TASC Math: Graphing and Factoring Quadratic Equations Chapter

You may take the TASC Math test either on a computer or on paper. Both formats will include gridded-response, constructed-response and multiple-choice questions; the computer-based test also includes one technology-enhanced question. The test includes questions from five major content areas, including algebra; algebra questions make up 26% of the test questions. The multiple-choice questions you'll see in this chapter may closely resemble the questions that you'll come across within the algebra section of the exam dealing with quadratic equations.

12 Lessons in Chapter 16: TASC Math: Graphing and Factoring Quadratic Equations
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Using Tables and Graphs in the Real World

1. Using Tables and Graphs in the Real World

We use tables and graphs in algebra as ways to visually show an equation or function. But do we really use these in the real world? Is it that important to learn about tables and graphs? Find out in this video lesson.

Scatterplots and Line Graphs: Definitions and Uses

2. Scatterplots and Line Graphs: Definitions and Uses

After watching this video, you will be able to understand scatter plots and line graphs. You will also be able to use them to tell people a story about what you see and observe. You will also be able to read them.

What is a Parabola?

3. What is a Parabola?

A parabola is the U shape that we get when we graph a quadratic equation. We actually see parabolas all over the place in real life. In this lesson, learn where, and the correct vocab to use when talking about them.

Parabolas in Standard, Intercept, and Vertex Form

4. Parabolas in Standard, Intercept, and Vertex Form

By rearranging a quadratic equation, you can end up with an infinite number of ways to express the same thing. Learn about the three main forms of a quadratic and the pros and cons of each.

Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

5. Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL and the Area Method

From the distributive property, to FOIL, to the area model, to happy faces and claws, there are many different ways to learn how to multiply binomials. In this lesson, you'll learn how to use all of them and get to pick which one you like the most.

Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL & the Area Method: Practice Problems

6. Multiplying Binomials Using FOIL & the Area Method: Practice Problems

There are a few mistakes that are easy to make when multiplying binomials with FOIL and also a few ways to complicate problems like this, so why not make sure you're brushed up on your skills? You'll also learn a shortcut and how to use the area method to multiply even bigger polynomials.

How to Factor Quadratic Equations: FOIL in Reverse

7. How to Factor Quadratic Equations: FOIL in Reverse

So, you know how to multiply binomials with the FOIL method, but can you do it backwards? That's exactly what factoring is, and it can be pretty tricky. Check out this lesson to learn a method that will allow you to factor quadratic trinomials with a leading coefficient of 1.

Factoring Quadratic Equations: Polynomial Problems with a Non-1 Leading Coefficient

8. Factoring Quadratic Equations: Polynomial Problems with a Non-1 Leading Coefficient

Once you get good at factoring quadratics with 1x squared in the front of the expression, it's time to try ones with numbers other than 1. It will be the same general idea, but there are a few extra steps to learn. Do that here!

Solving Quadratic Trinomials by Factoring

9. Solving Quadratic Trinomials by Factoring

Factoring is a quick and easy way to find the solutions to a quadratic trinomial. Watch this video lesson to learn how you can use this method to solve your quadratics.

How to Complete the Square

10. How to Complete the Square

Completing the square can help you learn where the maximum or minimum of a parabola is. If you're running a business and trying to make some money, it might be a good idea to know how to do this! Find out what I'm talking about here.

Completing the Square Practice Problems

11. Completing the Square Practice Problems

Completing the square is one of the most confusing things you'll be asked to do in an algebra class. Once you get the general idea, it's best to get in there and actually do a few practice problems to make sure you understand the process. Do that here!

How to Solve a Quadratic Equation by Factoring

12. How to Solve a Quadratic Equation by Factoring

If your favorite video game, 'Furious Fowls,' gave you the quadratic equation for each shot you made, would you be able to solve the equation to make sure every one hit its target? If not, you will after watching this video!

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