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Mathematics 334 Designed by Peter Nield Notes by Katherine Daignault

Westwood High School Grade 9 Student

Solving Quadratic Equations By


Factoring
ax 2 + bx + c = 0

EX. 1:
x 2 + 6x + 8 = 0
(x + 4)(x + 2) = 0
x+4=0 x+2=0
x = −4 or x = −2
EX. 2:
x 2 − 12 x − 28 = 0
(x − 14)(x + 2) = 0
x − 14 = 0 x+2=0
x = 14 or x = −2
EX. 3:
4 x 2 − 49 x = 0
(2 x − 7 )(2 x + 7 ) = 0
2x − 7 = 0 2x + 7 = 0
2x = 7 2 x = −7
2 2
7 −7
x= or x =
2 2
EX. 4:
4x 2 − x = 0
x(4 x − 1) = 0
4x = 1
x=0
4
1
x = 0 or x =
2
EX. 5:
2x 2 − 2x − 4 = 0
( )
2 x2 − x − 2 = 0
2[( x + 1)( x − 2)] = 0
x +1 = 0 x−2=0
x = −1 or x = 2

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Mathematics 334 Designed by Peter Nield Notes by Katherine Daignault
Westwood High School Grade 9 Student

EX. 6:
4 y 2 + 12 y + 9 = 0
4y2 + 6y + 6y + 9 = 0
2 y (2 y + 3) + 3(2 y + 3) = 0
(2 y + 3)(2 y + 3) = 0
2y + 3 = 0
2 y = −3
2
−3
y=
2
EX. 7:
3x( x − 4) = 2( x + 1) + 3
3x 2 − 12 x = 2 x + 2 + 3
3x 2 − 12 x = 2 x + 5
3x 2 − 12 x − 2 x − 5 = 0
3x 2 − 14 x − 5 = 0
3x 2 − 15 x + x − 5 = 0
3x( x − 5) + 1( x − 5) = 0
(3x + 1)(x − 5) = 0
3x + 1 = 0 x−5 = 0
3 x = −1
x=5
3
−1
x= or x=5
3

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