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

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You entered:
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? A quadratic equation is any function that has the form: ax2 + bx + c = 0. In this equation, a, b, and c are constants. X is a variable which is not known. A and b are referred to as coefficients. It should be mentioned that a cannot be 0 in the equation ax2+bx+c=0. Otherwise, the equation ceases to be a quadratic equation, and becomes a linear equation.

Solving a quadratic equation may appear daunting, because both x and x2 are unknown. Fortunately, any quadratic equation can readily be solved using the quadratic formula. Here is the quadratic formula:

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. Rarely, these two roots may be the same, producing one solution for x.

Quadratic equations are more than just mathematical flights of fantasy Quadratic equations are needed to compute answers to many real-world problems. The laws of motion is one example of an application of quadratic equations.

The term "quadratic" comes from the Latin word quadratum, which means "square." Why? Because what defines a quadratic equation is the inclusion of some variable squared. In our equation above, the term x2 (x squared) is what makes this equation quadratic.

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