# Solving 55x2+-33x+25 using the Quadratic Formula

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55x2+-33x+25=0.

There are no solutions in the real number domain.
There are two complex solutions: x = 0.3 + 0.60377599699347i, and x = 0.3 - 0.60377599699347i,
where i is the imaginary unit.

## Here's how we found that solution:

You entered the following equation:
(1)           55x2+-33x+25=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:
(2)

In the form above, you specified values for the variables a, b, and c. Plugging those values into Eqn. 1, we get:
(3)           $$x=--33\pm\frac{\sqrt{-33^2-4*55*25}}{2*55}$$

which simplifies to:
(4)           $$x=--33\pm\frac{\sqrt{1089-5500}}{110}$$

Now, note that b2-4ac is a negative number. Specifically in our case, 1089 - 5500 = -4411.
(5)           $$x=--33\pm\frac{\sqrt{-4411}}{110}$$

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)           $$x=--33\pm\frac{66.415359669281i}{110}$$

This equation further simplifies to:
(7)           $$x=-\frac{--33}{110}\pm0.60377599699347i$$

Solving for x, we find two solutions which are both complex numbers:
x = 0.3 + 0.60377599699347i
and
x = 0.3 - 0.60377599699347i

Both of these solutions are complex numbers.
These are the two solutions that will satisfy the equation 55x2+-33x+25=0.

### Notes

What is a quadratic equation? Any equation ax2 + bx + c = 0. In this equation, a, b, and c are constants. X is an unknown. The constants a and b, are referred to as coefficients. Interestingly, a cannot equal 0.

Solving a linear equation is fairly straightforward. Solving a quadratic equation is not quite so simple. Fortunately, you have this handy-dandy quadratic equation calculator. All kidding aside, quadratic equations can be readily solved using the quadratic formula, which is the same technique used by this quadratic equation calculator. Try it, and it will explain each of the steps to you. This is the quadratic formula:

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, the two roots may equal each other, meaning there will only be one solution for x.

Quadratic equations have real-life applications. Quadratic equations are needed to find answers to many real-world problems. For example, to calculate how an object will rise and fall due to Earth's gravity would require the use of s quadratic equation.

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
ax2 + bx + c = 0 means exactly the same thing as 0 = c + bx + ax2. They're just written differently.
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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