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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

ax

where x is a variable which is not known. A, b, and c are constants. The constants a and b, are referred to as coefficients. Furthermore, it should be mentioned that a cannot equal to 0 in the equation ax

Finding a solution to a quadratic equation may appear daunting. Fortunately, any quadratic equation can reliably be solved using the quadratic formula. The quadratic formula is written:

Solving a quadratic equation will always result in 2 solutions for x. These solutions are called roots. These roots may both be real numbers or, they may both be complex numbers. Rarely, these two roots may be the same, producing one solution for x.

Why do we need to be able to solve quadratic equations? Quadratic equations are needed to find answers to many real-world problems. The acceleration of an object as it falls to earth is one example of an application of quadratic equations.

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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