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There are two real solutions: x = 0.62422813026934, and x = -1.6242281302693.

(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) \(x=-72\pm\frac{\sqrt{72^2-4*72*-73}}{2*72}\)

which simplifies to:

(4) \(x=-72\pm\frac{\sqrt{5184--21024}}{144}\)

\(x=\frac{-72+161.88885075878}{144}\) = 0.62422813026934,

and

\(x=\frac{-72-161.88885075878}{144}\) = -1.6242281302693,

Both of these solutions are real numbers.

These are the two solutions that will satisfy the quadratic equation

Compared to solving a linear equation, solving a quadratic equation requires a few more steps. However, any quadratic equation can readily be solved using the quadratic formula. Here is the quadratic formula:

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. Under extraordinary circumstances, both roots may equal each other, producing 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, biology and architecture.

The term "quadratic" comes from the Latin word

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