## Understanding Quadratic Functions

We’re all on a journey here to understand quadratic functions and where these intersect with the x-axis. So, let’s dive right in!

Quadratic functions, you see, are a type of polynomial function where the highest degree is 2. They’re often represented in the form f(x) = ax^2 + bx + c. The graph of a quadratic function is always parabolic and can open upwards or downwards based on whether ‘a’ is positive or negative.

Now let’s talk about our specific function: f(x) = (x+6)(x-3). In this case, we’ve got two factors multiplied together. To find the x-intercepts of this function, we need to solve for when y (or in this case f(x)) equals zero.

## What is an X-Intercept in Mathematics?

Diving into the world of mathematics, we’ll encounter many important concepts that are fundamental to understanding various mathematical phenomena. One such concept is the x-intercept. But what exactly is an x-intercept? Let’s break it down.

In a nutshell, the x-intercept refers to the point where a graph intersects or ‘cuts through’ the x-axis on a coordinate plane. To put it another way, it’s where our y-value equals zero. If you’re trying to visualize this concept, imagine a line or curve sketched on a graph. The spots where this line or curve touches the horizontal axis – those are your x-intercepts.

Take any random quadratic function for example – these functions often exhibit characteristics like symmetry and parabolic curves, making them interesting subjects when discussing intercepts.

- For instance, consider f(x) = (x + 2)(x – 4). Here, we can clearly see two values of x that will make f(x) equal to zero: -2 and 4.
- These points form our x-intercepts; if we were to sketch out this function on a graph, we’d find these points right along our horizontal axis!

It’s worth noting that not all functions will have an x-intercept – some might never cross the horizontal axis at all! However, most functions that you’ll come across in pre-calculus and calculus courses do have at least one x-intercept.

Understanding how to find these points gives us invaluable insight into how functions behave and allows us to solve more complex mathematical problems with confidence. So next time you’re faced with a tricky function question involving intercepts, remember: finding those crucial intersection points could be your key to cracking the code!

## Which Point is an X-Intercept of the Quadratic Function f(x) = (x + 6)(x – 3)?

Let’s dive in and break down this quadratic function. Remember, a quadratic function is any function that can be described by an equation of the form f(x) = ax² + bx + c.

Our given function, f(x) = (x + 6)(x – 3), falls into this category. It’s just been factored into two binomials for simplicity. To find the x-intercepts of this function, we need to set y (or f(x)) equal to zero and solve for x.

Here’s how it works:

- First off, we’ll set our equation equal to zero: 0 = (x + 6)(x – 3)
- Then, from here on out, the solutions will give us our x-intercepts!

Now you might wonder why setting the equation equal to zero gives us the x-intercepts? Well, think about it! The graph touches or crosses the x-axis at these points – where y is literally zero.

To get a clearer understanding let’s create a table:

Equation |
Solution |

X+6=0 | X=-6 |

X–3=0 | X=3 |

We’ve got our answers! The points (-6 ,0) and (3 ,0) are our x-intercepts for this function.

It’s important to realize that every quadratic has roots which could either be real or complex numbers. In this case both are real numbers and they’re also rational numbers – another subset of real numbers that can be expressed as fractions.