Note:

• A quadratic equation is a polynomial equation of degree 2.

• The "U" shaped graph of a quadratic is called a parabola.

• A quadratic equation has two solutions. Either two distinct real solutions, one double real solution or two imaginary solutions.

• There are several methods you can use to solve a quadratic equation:

1. Factoring
2. Completing the Square
4. Graphing

Solve for x in the following equation.

Problem 4.2b:

Solution:

Remove the denominators in the original equation by multiplying both sides by 16.

Set the equation equal to zero by subtracting 66x and adding 509 to both sides of the equation.

Method 1: Factoring

The equation can be written as

The only way a product can equal zero is for at least one of the factors to have a value of zero:

Method 2:Completing the square

Add 3 to both sides of the equation .

Divide both sides by 16 :

Add to both sides of the equation:

Factor the left side and simplify the right side:

Take the square root of both sides of the equation :

Add to both sides of the equation :

and

In the equation , a is the coefficient of the term, b is the coefficient of the x term, and c is the constant. Simple insert 16 for a, -2 for b, and -3 for c in the quadratic formula and simplify

.

and

Method 4:Graphing

Graph (formed by subtracting the right side of the original equation from the left side of the original equation. Graph y=0 (the x-axis).

What you will be looking for is where the graph of crosses the x-axis. Another way of saying this is that the x-intercepts are the solutions to this equation.

You can see from the graph that there are two x-intercepts located at and This means that there are two real answers: and The answers are and These answers may or may not be solutions to the original equation. You must check the answers with the original equation.

Check these answers in the original equation.

Check the solution by substituting in the original equation for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.

• Left Side:

• Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation is equal to the right side of the original equation after we substitute the value for x, then is a solution.

Check the solution by substituting in the original equation for x. If the left side of the equation equals the right side of the equation after the substitution, you have found the correct answer.

• Left Side:

• Right Side:

Since the left side of the original equation is equal to the right side of the original equation after we substitute the value for x, then is a solution.

The solutions to the equation are and

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