A free quadratic equation calculator that shows and explains each step in solving your quadratic equation.
A quadratic equation is any equation ax2
+ bx + c = 0, where x is a variable of unknown value. A, b, and c are constants. A and b are referred to as coefficients. It should be mentioned that a cannot equal 0 in the equation ax2
+bx+c=0. If a is 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.
Calculating a solution to a quadratic equation may seem challenging. However, there are a number of methods for solving quadratic equations. One of the most widely used is the quadratic formula
. This is the quadratic formula:
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, these two roots may have the same value, resulting in one solution for x.
Why do we care about qudratic equations? Quadratic equations are needed to calculate answers to many real-world problems. The distance before a vehicle can stop once you hit the brakes is one example of an application of quadratic equations.
As mentioned above, in the equation ax2
+bx+c=0, a cannot be zero. If a were 0, then ax2
= 0 for any value of x, so our equation becomes 0 + bx + c = 0, which is the same as bx + c = 0, which is no longer a quadratic equation. In fact, bx + c = 0 is a linear equation, which is much simpler to solve than a quadratic equation.
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