Add to both sides of the equation.

Use the vertex form, , to determine the values of , , and .

Find the vertex .

Find the distance from the vertex to a focus of the parabola by using the following formula.

Substitute the value of into the formula.

Cancel the common factor of and .

Rewrite as .

Move the negative in front of the fraction.

The directrix of a parabola is the horizontal line found by subtracting from the y-coordinate of the vertex if the parabola opens up or down.

Substitute the known values of and into the formula and simplify.

Find the Directrix y-17=-(x-3)^2