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A quadratic equation is an equation which can be written in the form ax2 + bx + c = 0 where a, b, and c are constants (as opposed to x, which is a variable). To solve an equation such as ax2 + bx + c = 0 by factoring, or by by completing the square, check out these links.

For quadratic equations which are difficult to factor, the Quadratic Formula will always reveal solutions. Traditionally, these solutions are written:

x =
-b ±
 b2 - 4ac
2a
Here is an example:

Original Equation: 2x2 + 5x = 10
Re-written equation: 2x2 + 5x - 10 = 0
Identify values of "a", "b", and "c": a = 2, b = 5, c = -10
Substiture these values into the quadratic formula, to get:
x =
-(5) ±
 (5)2 - 4(5)(-10)
2(2)
=   - 5 ± 15
4
=
 -5 52

In other examples, b2-4ac might be negative; in this case, x may be imaginary or complex.

 [1] Solve using the quadratic formula (see example above). Express real number answers as a decimal accurate to within 0.01, such as "1.33" Express imaginary (complex) answers in the form a + bi and a - bi, such as "1 + 3i": x2 + 3x - 9 = 0 x =     or     x =

[2] Solve by factoring (see example above):
x2 - x - 20 = 0     x =
or x =

[3] Solve by factoring (see example above):
2x2 - 22x + 60 = 0     x =
or x =

[4] Solve by factoring (see example above). Express fractions as decimals:
2x2 + 9x = 5     x =
or x =

[5] Solve by factoring (see example above). Express fractions as decimals:
5x2 + 18x - 8 = 0     x =
or x =

[6] Solve by factoring (see example above). Express fractions as decimals:
4x2 + 6 = 11x     x =
or x =

[7] Enter the roots (solutions) of the equation below (Review Algebra ?):

 If x+2x+3 - 2x = 52 Then x =     or x =

[8] Enter the roots (solutions) of the equation below (Review Algebra ?):

 If x+3x-6 - x x-3 = 34 Then x = or x =

 [9] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 + 6x +

 [10] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 - 3x +

 [11] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 - (½)x +

 [12] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 - 5x +

 [13] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 - x +

 [14] Enter the number or decimal which completes the following square: x2 + x +