# Precalculus Examples

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Use the standard form of a quadratic equation as the starting point for finding the equation through the three points.

Create a system of equations by substituting the and values of each point into the standard formula of a quadratic equation to create the three equation system.

Solve for in the first equation.

Replace all occurrences of with the solution found by solving the last equation for . In this case, the value substituted is .

Replace all occurrences of with the solution found by solving the last equation for . In this case, the value substituted is .

Simplify.

Remove parentheses.

Remove parentheses.

Solve for in the second equation.

Replace all occurrences of with the solution found by solving the last equation for . In this case, the value substituted is .

Solve for in the third equation.

Simplify the right side.

Simplify each term.

Multiply the numerator by the reciprocal of the denominator.

Simplify .

Multiply and .

Multiply by .

To write as a fraction with a common denominator, multiply by .

Write each expression with a common denominator of , by multiplying each by an appropriate factor of .

Combine.

Multiply by .

Combine the numerators over the common denominator.

Simplify the numerator.

Multiply by .

Add and .

Substitute the actual values of ,, and into the formula for a quadratic equation to find the resulting equation.