### 7.3 Quadratic Patterns

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• Math Help

The graph of the curve in Example 2(b) is parabolic and is called a parabola. In general, parabolas are U-shaped graphs, as shown in the figures. When graphing a model based on real-life data, you might only see part of the "U."

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• Checkpoint Solution

Use a spreadsheet to make a scatter plot and column graph.

I think the scatter plot shows the data the best because it makes it easier to visualize the relationship between the size of the oil spill and the number of days. Also it's easier to imagine a curve fitting those data points and using it to predict future data.

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