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There are no solutions in the real number domain.

There are two complex solutions: x = 0.28787878787879 + 0.089637572471206

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) \(x=--38\pm\frac{\sqrt{-38^2-4*66*6}}{2*66}\)

which simplifies to:

(4) \(x=--38\pm\frac{\sqrt{1444-1584}}{132}\)

(5) \(x=--38\pm\frac{\sqrt{-140}}{132}\)

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) \(x=--38\pm\frac{11.832159566199i}{132}\)

This equation further simplifies to:

(7) \(x=-\frac{--38}{132}\pm0.089637572471206i\)

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

x = 0.28787878787879 + 0.089637572471206

and

x = 0.28787878787879 - 0.089637572471206

Both of these solutions are complex numbers.

These are the two solutions that will satisfy the equation

In contrast to solving a linear equation, solving a quadratic equation is a more complicated task. Fortunately, there are a number of methods for solving quadratic equations. One of the most widely used is the quadratic formula. The quadratic formula is:

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 equal each other, resulting in one solution for x.

Quadratic equations are an important part of mathematics. Quadratic equations are needed to find answers in many real-world fields, including physics, pharmacokinetics and architecture.

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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