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#1 2006-04-16 10:50:12

RickyOswaldIOW
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Quadratic Equations

Happy Easter everyone!

I've just been revising some of my earlier a-level work and I'm a little confused with this:

"Let f(x) = x^2 + 6x + 7.

(a)  Put f(x) into completed square form.

(b)  Solve the equation f(x) = 4."

I do know how to do all of this but I can't for the life of me see where they are getting f(x) = 4 from?!


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#2 2006-04-16 10:55:09

RickyOswaldIOW
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Re: Quadratic Equations

Are they just saying that for the sake of the example that (x + 3)^2 - 2 = 4?  That's mighty confusing since the next 50 pages that often use factorising and completing the square assume that f(x) = 0.


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#3 2006-04-16 16:41:32

George,Y
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Registered: 2006-03-12
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Re: Quadratic Equations

This is a traditional way to solve a quadratic equation.

Typically, you shift the original function into a form
f(x) = (x+a)²+b

It does no matter that the function equal to any given value, because the equation formed can be easily solved.

f(x)=c
(x+a)²=c-b

or

hence

Actually, given a equation of standard form, the explicit solution fomula is derived by this procedure
ax²+bx+c=0
a(x+b/2a)²=b²/4-c
......


X'(y-Xβ)=0

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#4 2006-04-21 12:09:46

dimples
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Registered: 2006-04-21
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Re: Quadratic Equations

how can i write a two paragraph essay on "Solving Quadratic Equations by the Quadratic Formula"

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#5 2006-04-21 13:34:28

MathsIsFun
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Re: Quadratic Equations

Start here: Quadratic Equation Solver

Also here: Wikipedia


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