A free quadratic equation calculator that shows and explains each step in solving your quadratic equation.

### Notes

What is a quadratic equation? A quadratic equation is any function that takes the form: ax

^{2} + bx + c = 0. In this equation, x is an unknown. A, b, and c are constants. The constants a and b are called coefficients. Furthermore, it should be pointed out that a cannot equal to zero in the equation ax

^{2}+bx+c=0. If a equals 0, then ax

^{2}=0, and the equation becomes 0+bx+c=0, or bx+c=0. The equation bx+c=0 is a linear equation, and not a quadratic equation.

Solving a quadratic equation may appear daunting, because both x and x

^{2} are unknown. Fortunately, you have this handy-dandy quadratic equation solver. All kidding aside, quadratic equations can be reliably solved using the

quadratic formula, which is the same technique used by this quadratic equation solver. Try it, and it will explain each of the steps to you. The quadratic formula is:

When you compute a solution to a quadratic equation, you will always find 2 values for x, called "roots". These roots may both be real numbers or, they may both be complex numbers. Under extraordinary circumstances, the two roots may be the same, meaning there will only be one solution for x.

Why do we need to be able to solve quadratic equations? Quadratic equations are needed to calculate answers to many real-world problems. For example, to calculate how an object will rise and fall due to Earth's gravity would require the use of s quadratic equation.

In our equation, a cannot be zero. However, b can be zero, and so can c.

We this quadratic equation calculator is useful to you. We hope the explanations showing how you can solve the equation yourself are educational and helpful. But, if you just want to use it to calculate the answers to your quadratic equations, that's cool too. Thank you for using Quadratic-Equation-Calculator.com.

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