You're thinking of when it is something like bx². When it is x² + bx, the graph shifts more to the left as b increases and more downward as |b| increases.

John E. Franklin

2005-12-14 09:28:37

The larger b is, then the parabola is bent more upward as you go right? Just a guess. If b is negative then the parabola is bent more downward as you go right?

Ricky

2005-12-14 08:33:37

if the equation is x^2 + bx = 0, then b is the negative location of the second root (the first being 0). In other words, -b is a root of the equation.

MathsIsFun

2005-12-14 07:50:55

It just means you multiply x times b

So, if you knew that b was, say, 12, then you would have:

x^2 + 12 × x

sarah

2005-12-14 07:32:41

whoops

x^2 + bx , that is

sarah

2005-12-14 07:31:48

Hey guys.

This might seem like a very silly question, but oh well: what is the significance of the number b in x2 + bx?