# Thread: Find the minimum value

1. DHL, you are right.

FYI: students are permitted to use a graphing calculator on the test. Since the constants are real, one might set them all = 1 and graph. I would look like this, where the minimum value is -q since q = 1.

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Even if h and k are changed to other values and q remains = 1, the graph shifts and would widen or get narrower.

2. This is the minimum value or lowest point on a parabola not 0. the lowest point of this parabola is at k-q.
This is when the abs value is k and f(x) = k-q.
This is the vertex of the curve.
Go to KhanAcademy.org and watch the videos on Parabolas in the algebra 1 section. I have been doing this for the past 4 months. It is a great way to brush up on your math up thru calculus.

3. philomel: are you questioning if the answer is A which is -q? That's the correct answer. As you can see from the graph, the min value is -1. If q = 1, the min is -q.

Khan is a good source if you can stand to listen to him...I can't stand him, frankly. Also, his grammar leave much to be challenged and some of this math statements are actually INCORRECT! But, for most, he's a good source.

4. Originally Posted by kweaver
Here's a graphic of f(x) = | -(x - h)² + k | - q

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it still makes no sense
but i only did 5 years of graduate school as a math major

clearly they are inventing new meanings for symbols in HS
or they are clueless about how to properly write the question

5. the way that i read the problem
if there is a minimum
it occurs at x=h and k=0 ; for all values of q

that is a bit advanced for 11th grade
even if it was not stated well

but if the idea is to use graphing calculators to do the solution
it is more a how to enter a formula into your calculator problem
than a real math problem

6. The vertical bars have always meant absolute value (well, since 1841, anyway).
That's not new notation!
The problem can be solve algebraically as has been stated or can be solved by graphing.
Students may use graphing calculators on the standardized test(s).

This is NOT advanced for 11th grade. Many students in high school today take precalculus as a sophomore and their first year of calculus as a junior.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absolute_value

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