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 4.4d:

Solution:

The equation is already equal to zero.

If you have forgotten how to manipulate fractions, click on Fractions for a review. Remove all the fractions by writing the equation in an equivalent form without fractional coefficients. In this problem, you can do it by multiplying both sides of the equation by 210. Every denominator in the original fraction will divide evenly into 210

Method 1: Factoring

The left side of the equation can re rewritten in the equivalent factored form of

Method 2: Completing the square

Add 35 to both sides of the equation

Divide both sides by 144 :

Simplify :

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:

Subtract from both sides of the equation:

In the equation , a is the coefficient of the term, b is the coefficient of the x term, and c is the constant. Substitute for a, for b, and for c in the quadratic formula and simplify.

Method 4: Graphing

Graph the equation, (the left side of the original equation). Graph (the right side of the original equation and 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: one is located at and the other is located at

The answers are and These answers may or may not be solutions to the original equations. You must verify that these answers are solutions.

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

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Author: Nancy Marcus