The name **Quadratic** comes from "quad" meaning square, because the variable gets squared (like **x2**).

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It is also called an "Equation of Degree 2" (because of the "2" on the **x**)

## Standard Form

The **Standard Form** of a Quadratic Equation looks lượt thích this:

**b**and

**c**are known values.

**a**can"t be 0.

Here are some examples:

2x2 + 5x + 3 = 0 | In this one a=2, b=5 và c=3 | |

x2 − 3x = 0 | This one is a little more tricky: Where is a? Well a=1, as we don"t usually write "1x2" b = −3 và where is c? Well c=0, so is not shown. | |

5x − 3 = 0 | Oops! This one is not a quadratic equation: it is missing x2(in other words a=0, which means it can"t be quadratic) |

## Have a Play With It

Play with the "Quadratic Equation Explorer" so you can see:

the function"s graph, và the solutions (called "roots").## Hidden Quadratic Equations!

As we saw before, the **Standard Form** of a Quadratic Equation is

In disguise In Standard form a, b & c

x2 = 3x − 1 | Move all terms khổng lồ left hand side | x2 − 3x + 1 = 0 | a=1, b=−3, c=1 |

2(w2 − 2w) = 5 | Expand (undo the brackets),and move 5 khổng lồ left | 2w2 − 4w − 5 = 0 | a=2, b=−4, c=−5 |

z(z−1) = 3 | Expand, và move 3 lớn left | z2 − z − 3 = 0 | a=1, b=−1, c=−3 |

The "**solutions**" lớn the Quadratic Equation are where it is **equal to lớn zero**.

They are also called "**roots**", or sometimes "**zeros**"

There are usually 2 solutions (as shown in this graph).

And there are a few different ways to find the solutions:

Or we can use the special

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Just plug in the values of a, b & c, & do the calculations.

We will look at this method in more detail now.

## About the Quadratic Formula

### Plus/Minus

First of all what is that plus/minus thing that looks like ± ?

The ± means there are TWO answers:

x = *−b + √(b2 − 4ac)* **2a**

x = *−b − √(b2 − 4ac)* **2a**

Here is an example with two answers:

But it does not always work out like that!

Imagine if the curve "just touches" the x-axis.Or imagine the curve is so**high**it doesn"t even cross the x-axis!

This is where the "Discriminant" helps us ...

### Discriminant

Do you see **b2 − 4ac** in the formula above? It is called the **Discriminant**, because it can "discriminate" between the possible types of answer:

when it is zero we get just ONE real solution (both answers are the same)

Complex solutions? Let"s talk about them after we see how khổng lồ use the formula.

### Using the Quadratic Formula

Just put the values of a, b và c into the Quadratic Formula, and do the calculations.

### Example: Solve 5x2 + 6x + 1 = 0

Coefficients are:a = 5, b = 6, c = 1

Quadratic Formula:x =

*−b ± √(b2 − 4ac)*

**2a**

Put in a, b & c:x =

*−6 ± √(62 − 4×5×1)*

**2×5**

Solve:x =

*−6 ± √(36− 20)*

**10**

x =

*−6 ± √(16)*

**10**

x =

*−6 ± 4*

**10**

x = −0.2

**or**−1

**Answer:** x = −0.2 **or** x = −1

And we see them on this graph.

Check -0.2: | 5×(−0.2)2 + 6×(−0.2) + 1= 5×(0.04) + 6×(−0.2) + 1= 0.2 − 1.2 + 1= 0 | |

Check -1: | 5×(−1)2 + 6×(−1) + 1= 5×(1) + 6×(−1) + 1= 5 − 6 + 1= 0 |

### Remembering The Formula

A kind reader suggested singing it to lớn "Pop Goes the Weasel":

♫ | "x is equal khổng lồ minus b | ♫ | "All around the mulberry bush | |

plus or minus the square root | The monkey chased the weasel | |||

of b-squared minus four a c | The monkey thought "twas all in fun | |||

ALL over two a" | Pop! goes the weasel" |

Try singing it a few times & it will get stuck in your head!

Or you can remember this story:

x = *−b ± √(b2 − 4ac)* **2a**

"A negative boy was thinking yes or no about going khổng lồ a party,**at the party he talked to lớn a square boy but not to the 4 awesome chicks.It was all over at 2 am."**

## Complex Solutions?

**When the Discriminant (the value b2 − 4ac**) is negative we get a pair of Complex solutions ... What does that mean?

It means our answer will include Imaginary Numbers. Wow!

### Example: Solve 5x2 + 2x + 1 = 0

**Coefficients**are

**:**a=5, b=2, c=1

Note that the

**Discriminant**is negative:b2 − 4ac = 22 − 4×5×1

**= −16**

Use the

**Quadratic Formula:**x =

*−2 ± √(−16)*

**10**

*√(−16)* = 4**i****(where i** is the imaginary number √−1)

So:x =

*−2 ± 4*

**i****10**

**Answer:** x = −0.2 ± 0.4**i**

The graph does not cross the x-axis. That is why we ended up with complex numbers.

In a way it is easier: we don"t need more calculation, we leave it as −0.2 ± 0.4**i**.

### Example: Solve x2 − 4x + 6.25 = 0

**Coefficients**are

**:**a=1, b=−4, c=6.25

Note that the

**Discriminant**is negative:b2 − 4ac = (−4)2 − 4×1×6.25

**= −9**

Use the

**Quadratic Formula:**x =

*−(−4) ± √(−9)*

**2**

*√(−9)* = 3**i****(where i** is the imaginary number √−1)

So:x =

*4 ± 3*

**i****2**

**Answer:** x = 2 ± 1.5**i**

The graph does not cross the x-axis. That is why we ended up with complex numbers.

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BUT an upside-down mirror image of our equation does cross the x-axis at 2 ± 1.5 (note: missing the **i**).

Just an interesting fact for you!

## Summary

Quadratic Equation in Standard Form: ax2 + bx + c = 0 Quadratic Formula: x =*−b ± √(b2 − 4ac)*

**2a**When the Discriminant (b2−4ac) is: positive, there are 2 real solutions zero, there is one real solution negative, there are 2 complex solutions

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