One thing that I learned this week in Pre Calc 11 is** how to solve a chart with the properties of quadratic functions. **To chart a quadratic equation you have to know how to tell when the table of value is showing a quadratic equation, instead of a linear equation. A **linear equation** in a table of value always has a y value (the output) that goes up or down by the same amount each time in the **first differences**. A **quadratic equation** in a table of value always has a y value that goes up or down by the same amount each time in the **second difference**. Below is a example of both a linear equation, and a quadratic equation charted.

When solving for quadratic functions, you should remember that the x intercept is always equal to y=0 and the y intercept is equal to x=0. Keeping this in mind when solving, to find y you simply plug x into the given quadratic function. Below are some examples to visualize how I would solve for y using the table of values and quadratic function.