Graphing Factored Form Quadratic Functions

factored form quadratics

In Algebra 2, we just finished a quick unit on graphing quadratics in factored form. The unit went pretty fast because my students already had a pretty solid understanding that "inside is opposite" from our work with vertex form functions. They picked up on finding the zeros instead of the vertex pretty quickly, and I gave them a reference sheet to help with remembering the steps.

Graphing Factored Form Quadratics Cheat Sheet

We completed the unit with a 12-question graphing activity where students needed to graph factored form quadratics and then find either the y-intercept or vertex of each graph.

Graphing Factored Form Quadratic Functions tasks

This activity really seemed to solidify graphing quadratics in factored form for my students.

algebra 2 word wall reference for graphing quadratics in vertex form
Vertex form on Algebra 2 word wall

There are a bunch more ideas for teaching quadratics in the post Fun with Quadratics.

You can find the graphing quadratics in factored form cheat sheet here in my dropbox.



  1. Love the poster but the file is gone. Where can i find it?

  2. Thanks, Tim. I fixed the links that were broken.

  3. I can't find my downloaded copy of this cheat sheet (Graphing Quadratics in factored form) and I've searched here and on TPT, but I can't seem to find the download. Can you please send me the link. (It isn't for lack of trying, I promise! :-))

  4. Please delete that last comment, as I am apparently stupid and found it right after I sent the message!! :-)

    1. Oh gosh, you're not stupid! Whenever I need to find something in the house, I look for it for about 10 minutes, then ask my husband if he's seen it. Halfway through my question, I see the thing I'm trying to find. It's a tactic--a smart one!