The "parent" parabola can give birth to a myriad of other parabolic shapes through the process of transformations.

Brush off your memories of transformations and let's take a quick look at what is possible.

When graphing quadratic functions (parabolas), keep in mind that two forms of equations may be used:

y = *ax*^{2} + *bx + c* or *y* = *a*(*x - h*)^{2} + *k*