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Kernel Dorty Don

October 16th, 2015


How to use the quadratic formula
The Khan Academy video on How to use the quadratic formula teaches us
how to solve for roots or zeroes of quadratic equations by using the
quadratic formula.
Definitions: (as given by aleks.com)
Quadratic Equation
A quadratic equation (in x ) is an equation of the form ax+ bx + c = 0
where a, b, and c are numbers (with a0 ) and x is a variable. A quadratic
equation is a polynomial equation of degree 2.
an example of this, x - 2x - 3 = 0 is a quadratic equation in x
Formulas: ( you will need to know these )

Quadratic Formula

Example 1:
Before we can start with solving equations, using the quadratic formula
we must know it. The quadratic formula is x = [-b (b2 - 4ac)]/2a. We are
going to learn how to apply it to problems and solve.

This first example starts us out with,

X2 + 4x -

21 = 0
a=

This equation tells us that, a = 1, b = 4 and c = - 21.

1 b = 4 c = - 21
All we need to do is take these and plug it into our quadratic formula. ( x = [b (b2 - 4ac)]/2a)

X = - (4) (4)2 - 4(1)(21) / 2 (1)


Now we simplify,

X = - 4 16 - 4 (1)(-21) /

2
16 + 84
X = -4
100 / 2
X = -4 10 / 2
Once we have simplified the most we can, we set our formula up twice, once
adding -b + b2 and once subtracting it.

X = -4 + 10 / 2
10 / 2

X = -4 -

X = -4 + 10 / 2
10 / 2

X = -4 -

X=6/2

X = -14 / 2

X=3

X = -7

These are our answers.


Utilizing the method we used to solve our example problem, you can now use the quadratic
formula to solve quadratic equations.