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There are no solutions in the real number domain.

There are two complex solutions: x = -0.21951219512195 + 0.62517100575494

where

(1)

For any quadratic equation

(2)

In the form above, you specified values for the variables a, b, and c. Plugging those values into Eqn. 1, we get:

(3) \(x=-18\pm\frac{\sqrt{18^2-4*41*18}}{2*41}\)

which simplifies to:

(4) \(x=-18\pm\frac{\sqrt{324-2952}}{82}\)

(5) \(x=-18\pm\frac{\sqrt{-2628}}{82}\)

This means that our solution will require finding the square root of a negative number. There is no real number solution for this, so our solution will be a complex number (that is, it will involve the imaginary number

Let's calculate the square root:

(6) \(x=-18\pm\frac{51.264022471905i}{82}\)

This equation further simplifies to:

(7) \(x=-\frac{-18}{82}\pm0.62517100575494i\)

Solving for x, we find two solutions which are both complex numbers:

x = -0.21951219512195 + 0.62517100575494

and

x = -0.21951219512195 - 0.62517100575494

Both of these solutions are complex numbers.

These are the two solutions that will satisfy the equation

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

Since there are always 2 solutions to a square root (one negative, one positive), solving the quadratic equation results in 2 values for x. The two solutions for x (which may be positive or negative, real or complex) are called roots. Depending on the values of a, b, and c, the two roots may be the same, producing one solution for x.

Quadratic equations are an important part of mathematics. 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.

Because equations can be rearranged without losing their meaning, sometimes you may see an equation that isn't written exactly this way, but it's still a quadratic equation. For example, you probably know that

ax

Here are some other examples of ways to write the quadratic equation. They all mean the same thing:

(1) \(ax^2+bx=d\), where d = -c

(2) \(x^2+bx-d=e\), where a=1 and d=e-c

(3) \(ax^2=ex+d\), where d=-c and e=-b

(4) \(\frac{x^2}{f}-d=ex\), where d=-c and e=-b and \(f=\frac{1}{a}\)

Look at each of the examples above. Do you understand why they are still quadratic equations, and how they can be rearranged to look like our familiar formula?

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