SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 484: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 484


Each of the following quadratic equations represents the graph shown above. Which equation reveals the exact values of the x-intercepts of the graph?

  • A.
  • B.
  • C.
  • D.

Correct Answer: A



Difficulty: Easy

Category: Passport to Advanced Math / Quadratics

Strategic Advice: Quadratic equations can be written in several forms, each of which reveals something special about the graph. For example, the vertex form of a quadratic equation gives the minimum or maximum value of the function, while the standard form reveals the y-intercept.

Getting to the Answer: The factored form of a quadratic equation reveals the solutions to the equation, which graphically represent the x-intercepts. Choice (A) is the only equation written in this form and therefore must be correct. You can set each factor equal to 0 and solve to find that the x-intercepts of the graph are and .

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