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looking for help on this question. Solve the following systems of equations algebraically using the quadratic formula.

$$\begin{align} y& =-x^2+2x+9\\ y& =-5x^2+10x+12\end{align}$$

Any help would be appreciated!

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Hint: put both equations equal to one another. You'll have a quadratic equation.

$$-x^2+2x+9 = -5x^2+10x+12$$

Now simplify (combine "like terms": get all terms on one side (say left hand side) equal to $0$ (on the right-hand side).

Factor and/or use the quadratic formula to find any solution(s), if they exist, and they do exist: there are two solutions for $x$, each of which is a "zero" of the equation.

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Thank you, that makes sense! – ComradeYakov Jun 18 '13 at 0:51
would the solution be something like x=-3(+-)i sqrt3, all over 2? – ComradeYakov Jun 18 '13 at 1:07
No, you should get $\dfrac{8 \pm \sqrt{64 - (-48)}}{8}$, which can be simplified. Check your simplification again, and make sure you are using the Quadratic Formula – amWhy Jun 18 '13 at 1:12
Yes! $x = \dfrac{2\pm \sqrt 7}{2}$ so $x_1 = 1 + \dfrac{\sqrt 7}2, \; x_2 = 1 - \dfrac{\sqrt 7}{2}$. Good work! – amWhy Jun 18 '13 at 1:25
@Jake Don't forget that you can click the green "check" mark on amWhy's answer to "accept" it. :) – apnorton Jun 18 '13 at 1:34

set $z=-x^2+2x$, we get:


So, $z=-\frac{3}{4}, y=\frac{33}{4}$

Then you can solve $-\frac{3}{4}=-x^2+2x$.

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Note: Because the system you are given has $y$ solved for in both cases, graphing could be an option.

However, this does not excuse one from knowing how to solve the system algebraically.

Solving Graphically: \begin{align} y& =-x^2+2x+9\\ y& =-5x^2+10x+12\end{align}

Looking for intersecting points we find $x_1=-.32$ & $x_2=2.32$

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