I had to redo the problem because there was a mistake. With the given function from a previous problem, I was solving link, I found that the parabola created a trajectory on the graph, ie another parabola.

I'm trying to create a plot where I collect the coordinate points of Min. value for 21 values of parameter a (from -7 to 7), and find a,b, and c such that the points are on the curve of the quadratic equation $ax^2+bx+c=y$. The plot looks something like this

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The curve of $ax^2 + b+x +c=y$ goes through all the minimum points for the curves created


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I am not sure if I understood the question correctly. Does this solve your question?

Table[{Plot[x^2-2*(a-2)*x+a-2,{x,-20,20}],{a-2,-6+5 a-a^2}},{a,Range[-7,7,14/20]}];
-6+5 a-a^2/.a->x+2//Expand


I used the code from https://mathematica.stackexchange.com/a/231665/42436 to generate the parabolas and from the formula for the minima {a-2,-6+5 a-a^2} one can directly compute the parabola on which all minima are found: $$x-x^2=y\\ a x^2+b x+c=y\quad\text{with}\quad \{a=-1,b=1,c=0\}$$

  • $\begingroup$ How can I find the coordinates using Solve command? $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2020 at 21:15
  • $\begingroup$ What coordinates? $\endgroup$
    – N0va
    Oct 19, 2020 at 21:18
  • $\begingroup$ nevermind, it was found using table command. $\endgroup$ Oct 19, 2020 at 21:58

To get the trajectory equation about the minimum, we can do as below.

f[x_, a_] := x^2 - 2*(a - 2)*x + a - 2;
min = Minimize[f[x, a], x];
Eliminate[{x, y} == ({x, y} /. Last@min /. y -> First@min), a]

-y == -x + x^2

To plot the minimum points, here we also use Mesh.

f[x_, a_] := x^2 - 2*(a - 2)*x + a - 2;
curves = Plot[Table[f[x, a], {a, -7, 7, 14/20}], {x, -20, 20}, 
   PlotStyle -> {Thickness[Small], Cyan}];
min = Minimize[f[x, a], x];
trajectory = 
  ParametricPlot[{x, y} /. Last@min /. y -> First@min, {a, -9, 9}, 
   MeshFunctions -> Function[{x, y, a}, a], 
   Mesh -> {Range[-7, 7, 14/20]}, 
   MeshStyle -> {PointSize[Medium], Red}, PlotStyle -> Yellow];
Show[curves, trajectory]

Another way is Show the minimum points by Graphics

points = Graphics[{Red, 
    Table[Point[{x, y} /. Last@min /. y -> First@min], {a, -7, 7, 

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