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**Math Center Workshop Series**

QUADRATIC EQUATIONS Math Center Workshop Series Janice Levasseur

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Basics A quadratic equation is an equation equivalent to an equation of the type ax2 + bx + c = 0, where a is nonzero We can solve a quadratic equation by factoring and using The Principle of Zero Products If ab = 0, then either a = 0, b = 0, or both a and b = 0.

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**Notice the equation as given is of the form ab = 0**

Ex: Solve (4t + 1)(3t – 5) = 0 Notice the equation as given is of the form ab = 0 set each factor equal to 0 and solve 4t + 1 = 0 Subtract 1 4t = – 1 Divide by 4 t = – ¼ 3t – 5 = 0 Add 5 3t = 5 Divide by 3 t = 5/3 Solution: t = - ¼ and 5/3 t = {- ¼, 5/3}

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Ex: Solve x2 + 7x + 6 = 0 Quadratic equation factor the left hand side (LHS) x2 + 7x + 6 = (x )(x ) 6 1 x2 + 7x + 6 = (x + 6)(x + 1) = 0 Now the equation as given is of the form ab = 0 set each factor equal to 0 and solve x + 6 = 0 x + 1 = 0 x = – 6 x = – 1 Solution: x = - 6 and – 1 x = {-6, -1}

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**Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 **

Ex: Solve x2 + 10x = – 25 Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 x2 + 10x + 25 = 0 Add 25 Quadratic equation factor the left hand side (LHS) x2 + 10x + 25 = (x )(x ) 5 5 x2 + 10x + 25 = (x + 5)(x + 5) = 0 Now the equation as given is of the form ab = 0 set each factor equal to 0 and solve x + 5 = 0 x + 5 = 0 x = – 5 x = – 5 Solution: x = - 5 x = {- 5} repeated root

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**Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 **

Ex: Solve 12y2 – 5y = 2 Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 12y2 – 5y – 2 = 0 Subtract 2 Quadratic equation factor the left hand side (LHS) ac method a = 12 and c = – 2 ac = (12)(-2) = - 24 factors of – 24 that sum to - 5 1&-24, 2&-12, 3&-8, 12y2 – 5y – 2 = 12y2 + 3y – 8y – 2 = 3y(4y + 1) – 2(4y + 1) = (3y – 2)(4y + 1)

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12y2 – 5y – 2 = 0 12y2 – 5y – 2 = (3y - 2)(4y + 1) = 0 Now the equation as given is of the form ab = 0 set each factor equal to 0 and solve 3y – 2 = 0 4y + 1 = 0 3y = 2 4y = – 1 y = 2/3 y = – ¼ Solution: y = 2/3 and – ¼ y = {2/3, - ¼ }

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**Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 5x2 – 6x = 0**

Ex: Solve 5x2 = 6x Quadratic equation but not of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 5x2 – 6x = 0 Subtract 6x Quadratic equation factor the left hand side (LHS) 5x2 – 6x = x( ) 5x – 6 5x2 – 6x = x(5x – 6) = 0 Now the equation as given is of the form ab = 0 set each factor equal to 0 and solve 5x – 6 = 0 x = 0 5x = 6 x = 6/5 Solution: x = 0 and 6/5 x = {0, 6/5}

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Completing the Square Recall from factoring that a Perfect-Square Trinomial is the square of a binomial: Perfect square Trinomial Binomial Square x2 + 8x (x + 4)2 x2 – 6x (x – 3)2 The square of half of the coefficient of x equals the constant term: ( ½ * 8 )2 = 16 [½ (-6)]2 = 9

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**Completing the Square Write the equation in the form x2 + bx = c**

Add to each side of the equation [½(b)]2 Factor the perfect-square trinomial x2 + bx + [½(b)] 2 = c + [½(b)]2 Take the square root of both sides of the equation Solve for x

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**Ex: Solve w2 + 6w + 4 = 0 by completing the square**

First, rewrite the equation with the constant on one side of the equals and a lead coefficient of 1. w2 + 6w = – 4 6 Add [½(b)]2 to both sides: b = 6 [½(6)]2 = 32 = 9 w2 + 6w + 9 = – 4 + 9 w2 + 6w + 9 = 5 (w + 3)2 = 5 Now take the square root of both sides

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**Ex: Solve 2r2 = 3 – 5r by completing the square**

First, rewrite the equation with the constant on one side of the equals and a lead coefficient of 1. 2r2 + 5r = 3 r2 + (5/2)r = (3/2) (5/2) Add [½(b)]2 to both sides: b = 5/2 [½(5/2)]2 = (5/4) = 25/16 r2 + (5/2)r + 25/16 = (3/2) + 25/16 r2 + (5/2)r + 25/16 = 24/ /16 (r + 5/4)2 = 49/16 Now take the square root of both sides

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r = - (5/4) + (7/4) = 2/4 = ½ and r = - (5/4) - (7/4) = -12/4 = - 3 r = { ½ , - 3}

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Ex: Solve 3p – 5 = (p – 1)(p – 2) Is this a quadratic equation? FOIL the RHS 3p – 5 = p2 – 2p – p + 2 3p – 5 = p2 – 3p + 2 Collect all terms A-ha . . . Quadratic Equation complete the square p2 – 6p + 7 = 0 p2 – 6p = – 7 [½(-6)]2 = (-3)2 = 9 p2 – 6p + 9 = – 7 + 9 (p – 3)2 = 2

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The Quadratic Formula Consider a quadratic equation of the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 for a nonzero Completing the square

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The Quadratic Formula Solutions to ax2 + bx + c = 0 for a nonzero are

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**Ex: Use the Quadratic Formula to solve x2 + 7x + 6 = 0**

1 7 6 Recall: For quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, the solutions to a quadratic equation are given by Identify a, b, and c in ax2 + bx + c = 0: a = b = c = 1 7 6 Now evaluate the quadratic formula at the identified values of a, b, and c

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**x = ( - 7 + 5)/2 = - 1 and x = (-7 – 5)/2 = - 6**

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**Ex: Use the Quadratic Formula to solve**

2m2 + m – 10 = 0 2 1 – 10 Recall: For quadratic equation ax2 + bx + c = 0, the solutions to a quadratic equation are given by Identify a, b, and c in am2 + bm + c = 0: a = b = c = 2 1 - 10 Now evaluate the quadratic formula at the identified values of a, b, and c

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**m = ( - 1 + 9)/4 = 2 and m = (-1 – 9)/4 = - 5/2**

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