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**Solving Quadratics with Factoring
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This worksheet will help you understand the connection between the standard form, factored form, and the roots of a quadratic equation. Fill in the missing boxes! Standard Form Factored Form Roots Certified! 2 a(x P)(x Q) {P, Q} ax bx c ! 0

x 2 5x 6 ! 0 x 2 6x 7 ! 0

x 2 7x 12 ! 0

(x 2)(x 5) ! 0

(x 7)(x 7) ! 0

{1, 8}

{-5, 2}

{3, 3}

Analysis Questions

1. What happens in the standard form equation for quadratics like (x 7)(x 7) ! 0 , where the roots are opposites of each other? Can you come up with a general formula that describes this phenomenon?

2. What happens to the factored form when you have a double root, like in the last exercise on this page? Can you come up with a general formula that describes this phenomenon?

b s b 2 4ac x! 2a

The Quadratic Formula

The quadratic formula is one of the most famous in high school algebra. (Can you memorize it???) This is because this provides a way to solve any quadratic equation in standard form. This worksheet will help you practice using the formula, but you should use MVAmath.com for additional practice of course! (Extra credit assignment)

Steps in the Method

Example: 3x 2 6x 2 ! 0

1. Write the coefficients of the equation a= (from the standard form), and then write the quadratic formula without the numbers b = replaced yet. c= 2. Using parentheses, carefully plug in all of the coefficients into the equation. **You must use parentheses! For example, -42 is not the same as (-4)2 ! (Why?) 3. Simplify the three "blocks" of the equation: "-b", the "b2 - 4ac", and "2a". Keep the +/- and radical signs as they are. 4. Reduce the radical if possible. 5. Take out common factors and write in reduced +/- form. 6. Write the two roots using set notation, {P, Q}. Usually you simplify to lowest radicals, but round the answers if the situation requires rounding. Try this! Solve form!

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x = -------------------------------------

4 x 2 ! 3x 2 .

Hint: the quadratic equation needs standard