# Solving 41x2+18x+18 using the Quadratic Formula

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You entered:
41x2+18x+18=0.

There are no solutions in the real number domain.
There are two complex solutions: x = -0.21951219512195 + 0.62517100575494i, and x = -0.21951219512195 - 0.62517100575494i,
where i is the imaginary unit.

## Here's how we found that solution:

You entered the following equation:
(1)           41x2+18x+18=0.

For any quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, one can solve for x using the following equation, which is known as the quadratic formula:
(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)           $$x=-18\pm\frac{\sqrt{324-2952}}{82}$$

Now, note that b2-4ac is a negative number. Specifically in our case, 324 - 2952 = -2628.
(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 i, defined as the square root of -1.).
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 + 0.62517100575494i
and
x = -0.21951219512195 - 0.62517100575494i

Both of these solutions are complex numbers.
These are the two solutions that will satisfy the equation 41x2+18x+18=0.

### Notes

A quadratic equation is any function that can be written in the form: ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a, b, and c are constants. X is a variable which is not known. A and b are called coefficients. Interestingly, a cannot be zero. If a is equal to 0, then ax2=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 linear equation is relatively basic. Solving a quadratic equation requires more work. However, there are a number of methods for solving quadratic equations. One of the most widely used is the quadratic formula. 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. Depending on the values of a, b, and c, both roots may equal each other, resulting in one solution for x.

Quadratic equations are important. Quadratic equations are needed to find 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.

The term "quadratic" comes from the Latin word quadratum, which means "square." Why? Because what defines a quadratic equation is the inclusion of some variable squared. In our equation above, the term x2 (x squared) is what makes this equation quadratic.

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