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Unformatted text preview: The Quadratic Formula When solving a Quadratic Equation our first choice is using factoring. But if we can not factor the quadratic equation then we need to rely on the Quadratic Formula. The Quadratic Formula: The solutions of the quadratic equation + + 2 , 0, ax bx c a are   = 2 4 2 b b ac x a To solve a Quadratic Equation using the Quadratic Formula.. 1. Write the quadratic equation in standard form, + + 2 , 0, ax bx c a and determine the numerical values of a, b, and c. 2. Substitute the values for a, b, and c into the quadratic formula and then evaluate the formula to obtain the solution. Example 1: Solve the equation + = 2 2 8 x x by using the quadratic formula. Solution: In this equation = = 1, 2, a b and =  8 c . Using the quadratic formula,   = 2 2 2 4(1)( 8) 2(1) x + = 2 4 32 2 x = 2 36 2 x = 2 6 2 x + = 2 6 2 x or   = 2 6 2 x = = 4 2 2 x or  = =  8 4 2 x A check will show that both x = 2 and x = 4 are solutions to the equation. Notice...
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This note was uploaded on 01/13/2012 for the course MATH 52 taught by Professor Janetfrewing during the Fall '10 term at Riverside Community College.
 Fall '10
 JanetFrewing
 Factoring, Quadratic Formula

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