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

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 like this: a
, bc are known values. a can"t be 0.

Here are some examples:

 2x2 + 5x + 3 = 0 In this one a=2, b=5 & 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 and 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, and the solutions (called "roots").

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

In disguise In Standard size a, b and 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 lớn left 2w2 − 4w − 5 = 0 a=2, b=−4, c=−5
z(z−1) = 3 Expand, & move 3 to left z2 − z − 3 = 0 a=1, b=−1, c=−3

The "solutions" to lớn the Quadratic Equation are where it is equal 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 lớn find the solutions:

Or we can use the special Quadratic Formula: / 2a" height="79" width="286">

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

We will look at this method in more detail now.

### Plus/Minus

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

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 lượt thích 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 to use the formula.

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Just put the values of a, b và c into the Quadratic Formula, & 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 and 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 khổng lồ "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 and 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 to a party,at the các buổi party he talked to a square boy but not lớn 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) = 4i(where i is the imaginary number √−1)

So:x = −2 ± 4i 10 Answer: x = −0.2 ± 0.4i

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 ± 0.4i.

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

So:x = 4 ± 3i 2 Answer: x = 2 ± 1.5i

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

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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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