Solving 81x2+4x+38 using the Quadratic Formula

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For your equation of the form "ax2 + bx + c = 0," enter the values for a, b, and c:

= 0

You entered:

There are no solutions in the real number domain.
There are two complex solutions: x = -0.024691358024691 + 0.68448969262366i, and x = -0.024691358024691 - 0.68448969262366i,
where i is the imaginary unit.

Here's how we found that solution:

You entered the following equation:
(1)           81x2+4x+38=0.

For any quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, one can solve for x using the following equation, which is known as the quadratic formula:

In the form above, you specified values for the variables a, b, and c. Plugging those values into Eqn. 1, we get:
(3)           \(x=-4\pm\frac{\sqrt{4^2-4*81*38}}{2*81}\)

which simplifies to:
(4)           \(x=-4\pm\frac{\sqrt{16-12312}}{162}\)

Now, note that b2-4ac is a negative number. Specifically in our case, 16 - 12312 = -12296.
(5)           \(x=-4\pm\frac{\sqrt{-12296}}{162}\)

This means that our solution will require finding the square root of a negative number. There is no real number solution for this, so our solution will be a complex number (that is, it will involve the imaginary number i, defined as the square root of -1.).
Let's calculate the square root:
(6)           \(x=-4\pm\frac{110.88733020503i}{162}\)

This equation further simplifies to:
(7)           \(x=-\frac{-4}{162}\pm0.68448969262366i\)

Solving for x, we find two solutions which are both complex numbers:
x = -0.024691358024691 + 0.68448969262366i
x = -0.024691358024691 - 0.68448969262366i

Both of these solutions are complex numbers.
These are the two solutions that will satisfy the equation 81x2+4x+38=0.


What is a quadratic equation? A quadratic equation is an function that takes the form:
ax2 + bx + c = 0.
\ In this equation, x is a variable which is not known. A, b, and c are constants. A and b are called coefficients. Also, a cannot equal 0. If a is equal to 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.

Compared 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. Rarely, these two roots may have the same value, meaning there will only be one solution for x.

Who cares? Why do we care about qudratic equations? Quadratic equations are needed to compute answers to many real-world problems. The geometry of a parablolic mirror 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 = 0x2 = 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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