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There are two real solutions: x = 1.2264870422407, and x = -0.87648704224065.

(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) \(x=--28\pm\frac{\sqrt{-28^2-4*80*-86}}{2*80}\)

which simplifies to:

(4) \(x=--28\pm\frac{\sqrt{784--27520}}{160}\)

\(x=\frac{--28+168.2379267585}{160}\) = 1.2264870422407,

and

\(x=\frac{--28-168.2379267585}{160}\) = -0.87648704224065,

Both of these solutions are real numbers.

These are the two solutions that will satisfy the quadratic 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 written:

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, both roots may be the same, producing one solution for x.

Quadratic equations are important. 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.

The term "quadratic" comes from the Latin word

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