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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

Solving a linear equation is straightforward. Solving a quadratic equation is less so. Fortunately, any quadratic equation can reliably be solved using 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. Under extraordinary circumstances, both roots may be equal, resulting in one solution for x.

There are many uses for quadratic equations. Quadratic equations are needed to compute answers to many real-world problems. For example, to compute the path of an accelerating object would require the use of s quadratic equation.

The quadratic formula has been known for centuries. Brahmagupta, a mathematician from India, first described the quadratic formula as a means to calculate solutions to quadratic equations in the 7th Century AD.

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