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Issue on proving quadratic formula

I have come across a stage of the proof: $$ \left(x+\frac b{2a}\right)^2=\frac{b^2-4ac}{4a^2}$$ How does $\left(x+\frac b{2a}\right)^2$ not equal $\pm x\pm \frac b{2a}$ when taking the square root?
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Quadratic $y = -4.9x^2 + 25x$

Here is my questions, please help. In the game of foot, a team can score by kicking the ball over a bar and between two uprights. For a kick in a particular game, the height of the ball above the ...
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Prove the given condition from given two quadratic equation

Question: If the quadratic equations $x^2+bx+c=0$ and $bx^2+cx+1=0$ have a common root then prove that either $b + c + 1 = 0$ or $b^2 + c^2 + 1 =bc + b + c$ Till yet, I had figured the common ...
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Checking some work on finding roots

OK, I have the following response function: $$H(\omega) = \frac{1-\omega^2 LC}{1+\omega^2 LC - i \omega RC}$$ I want to find where it becomes $\frac{1}{\sqrt{2}}$. This should be simple enough. ...
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Simplification of another nasty expression

I have the following condition $$ 2 \frac{x^2}{y^2} \left(1 - \frac{1}{y^2} \right)+ \frac{1}{y^2} \leq 1$$ Can anyone help me simplify it to the best possible relationship between $x$ and $y$?
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If the quadratic equation $x^2 + 2kx + 2(k + 4) = 0$ has distinct real roots, then $k^2 – 2k – 8 > 0$ [closed]

The quadratic equation $x^2 + 2kx + 2(k + 4) = 0$ has distinct real roots. Show that $k^2 – 2k – 8 > 0$. I'm not sure what you're meant to do here- it's a 2 mark question.
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Why doesn't this method of solution work?

Solve $$\sqrt{2x^2 - 7x + 1} - \sqrt{2x^2 - 9x + 4} = 1 \tag1$$ I tried to do the following: $$(2x^2 - 7x + 1) - (2x^2 - 9x + 4) = 2x-3\tag2$$ Dividing $(2)$ by $(1)$ yields $$\sqrt{2x^2 ...
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Completing the square Quadratics

Solve this quadratic equation by completing the square: $2x^2+x-4=0$ Can I have the method aswell please.
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factor polynomial as $(1-x\phi)(1+x\phi)$ instead of $(x-\phi)(x+\phi)$

I'm reading Generatingfunctionology, which is turning into a bit of an algebra review for me, and I am stumped by a step on page 9. I see the quadratic $1-x-x^2$ and I just pull the minus out ...
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Which of the following is a situation in which an equation cannot be solved using the quadratic formula? [closed]

Which of the following is a situation in which an equation cannot be solved using the quadratic formula? A.) The coefficient of the $x^2$ term is zero B.) The right hand side of the equation is zero ...
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Solve the equation, find the x

I need to find the x in thid equation. How is it done? a = x+1/x I've tried turning it into x² = 1-x times a, but it's not a system.. so.. any ideas?
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Parabola - How far from the thrower does the ball strike the ground?

The height of a ball thrown in the air is given by $h(x) = \frac {–1}{12} x^2 + 6x+ 3$, where x is the horizontal distance in feet from the point at which the ball is thrown. c. How far from the ...
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Under what conditions will one solution of $ax^2+bx+c = 0$ be the reciprocal of the other?

Under what conditions will one solution of $ax^2+bx+c = 0$ be the reciprocal of the other?
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solve an quadratic equation

I was reading a document , where I stucked in figuring out this equation. $f(k)= k^2-nk+\frac{n^2 - n}{2}$. This is a quadratic function of $k$. It is minimized when $k=\frac{n}{2}$ (the $k$ ...
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For what real number $c$, this equation has exactly three solutions?

For what real number c does the equation $|x^2 + 12x + 34| = c$ has exactly three solutions?
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Quadratic Functions: Determine the value of b

I'm having trouble with this question and I'm not sure what to do. Would appreciate any one who helps me out. Question: The point $(-2,1)$ is on the graph of the quadratic function: $f(x) = -x^2 + bx ...
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Quadratic problem

NASA launches a rocket at $t = 0$ seconds. Its height, in meters above sea-level, as a function of time is given by $h(t) = -4.9t^2 + 37 t + 101$. Assuming that the rocket will splash down into the ...
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Question on simple quadratic word problem regarding weekly revenue when price of merchandise is lowered

A store owner sells headphones at 24 dollars a piece with roughly 1000 sold per week. The store owner finds that for every 1 dollar decrease on the price per headphone he sells 100 more headphones per ...
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If the equation $|x^2+bx+c|=k$ has four real roots …

If the equation $|x^2+bx+c|=k$ has four real roots then which of the following option is correct : (a) $b^2-4c >0$ and $0<k<\frac{4c-b^2}{4}$ (b) $b^2-4c <0$ and ...
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Tangent of a rational function

I'm wondering if someone could help me solve a little conundrum I've been having. I'm trying to find the equation of a line with slope $-1$ tangent to the curve of a rational function. The function is ...
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Taking Calculus in a few days and I still don't know how to factorize quadratics

Taking Calculus in a few days and I still don't know how to factorize quadratics with a coefficient in front of the 'x' term. I just don't understand any explanation. My teacher gave up and said just ...
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Algebraic process to find numbers so that $xy=45$ and $x+y=18$

Can someone help me with the following question? The sum of two numbers is $18$ and their product is $45$. Find the numbers. I know that the answer is $15$ and $3$. But how do I find that answer ...
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Quadratic equations - finding value of x

Question: Solve the equation $$\frac{2x}{3x^2 - x+2} - \frac{7x}{3x^2 + 5x+2} = 1$$ I attempted to split the two quadratic equations into their roots, however, was unable to do so. Then I tried to ...
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Quadratic equation - solving for x

Question: Solve the equation $$(x+2)(x+3)(x+8)(x+12) = 4x^2$$ I tried to solve the equation by expanding the LHS and then equating it to the RHS, but that just doesn't seem to be feasible. I am ...
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How to solve the quadratic equation $x^2-1=2$?

Solve $x^2-1=2$ I have no idea how to do this can somebody please help me? I have tried working it out and I could never get the answer.
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Using factoring to solve the equation $(r^2 + 5r - 24)(r^2 - 3r + 2) = (4r - 10)(r^2 + 5r - 24)$

Solve for all values of $r$: $$(r^2 + 5r - 24)(r^2 - 3r + 2) = (4r - 10)(r^2 + 5r - 24)$$ I'm not sure how my thinking isn't really correct here. I know this all seems very elementary and such, ...
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Show that $ax^2+2hxy+by^2$ is positive definite when $h^2<ab$

The question asks to "show that the condition for $P(x,y)=ax^2+2hxy+by^2$ ($a$,$b$ and $h$ not all zero) to be positive definite is that $h^2<ab$, and that $P(x,y)$ has the same sign as $a$." Now ...
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How to solve this word problem on the topic of quadratic equations?

The maths teacher of Mumbai is transferred to another school. The students of Class 10 decided to buy a book for 360 rupees(currency) as a gift for her. On the farewell day, 4 students did not turn up ...
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Solution for this Logarithmic Equation

Recently I was going through a problem from the book Problems in Mathematics - *V Govorov & P Dybov* . $$(x-2)^{\log^2(x-2)+\log(x-2)^5-12}=10^2\log(x-2)$$ I tried solving by first considering ...
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How to solve $\frac{2x+1}{2x-3}+\frac{7x\:}{9-4x^2}=1+\frac{x-4}{2x+3}$ for $x$?

Can somebody explain me this one! $\frac{2x+1}{2x-3}+\frac{7x\:}{9-4x^2}=1+\frac{x-4}{2x+3}$ My book says the answer is $x_1 = 0$; $x_2 = 6$. I tried to solve it and got stuck somewhere in: ...
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Using the quadratic equation to find the time for the ball to drop to a fifth of the height of the building

A ball is thrown down at 72km h-1 speed from the top of a building. The building is 125 metres tall. The distance travelled before it reached the ground is as follows... $$s = U_0 t + ...
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Solving a quadratic trigonometric equation?

The equation is $6 \cos^2x+\cos x=1$, My work: $6x^2+x-1=0$ $(3x-1)(2x+1)$ $3x-1=0 ∨ 2x+1=0$ $x=\frac{1}{3} ∨ x= \frac{-1}{2}$ But I do not know how to progress further.
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A question using quadratic equations. [duplicate]

A ball is thrown down at 72km h-1 speed from the top of a building. The building is 125 metres tall. the distance travelled before it reached the ground is as follows... s = Uot + 1/5gt2 where Uo ...
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Using sum/product of quadratic roots to solve cubic equation

Given $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the quadratic equation $6x^2 + 2x - 3 = 0$, how do I find the value of: $$ \alpha^3 + \beta^3 $$ and: $$ \frac{1}{\alpha^3} + \frac{1}{\beta^3} $$ ...
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How to prove one of these equations has real roots?

Question: If $\;a,\, b,\, c,\, d \;$ are real and $\;ac = 2( b + d) $ ,then show that at least one of the equations: $\; x^2 + ax + b = 0 \;$ and $\; x^2 + cx + d = 0 \;$ has real roots. I've ...
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Quadratics with unknowns

If $5x^2 – t = 4x$, and $x$ and $t$ are both positive real numbers. What is $x$ equal to? How do you find $x$? Is there a specific formula?
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Quadratic factor to complex numbers

How to convert this quadratic factor to complex number form? (With steps please) Reference: $Z = a + bi$, $i = \sqrt{-1}$ $$-3 + \frac{\sqrt{-12}}{2}$$ Thanks!
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Finding the three unknowns

Can someone show me the steps to finding the three unknowns of these two equations. $$-a-bx+cx^2 = x^2+2x+1$$ The answers are $a=\ ...\ $, $b=\ ...\ $, and $c=\ ...$ , but I can't see how they ...
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Expanding Square Roots, Why No Negative?

I haven't thought through algebra in a while and the last explanation I received of this seemed arbitrary. I hope I can get some clarification here. I understand that $\sqrt{+a} = \pm b$. Here's ...
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Quadratic inequality with parameter

Hi I've got this inequality with parameter $a\in R$ $\frac{x+a}{x}\le x+2$ I've solved it but I've got different results than book. I've done it by dividing it into 2 cases. 1. x<0 2. x>0 and then ...
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How to find $x^2 - x$?

I'm quite a novice when it comes to maths. I'm on a problem in which I have had to isolate $x$ , through factorials which I completed without problem. However, now I am stuck on a seemingly more minor ...
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Find pressure in a sinusoidal function

Tiffany is a model rocket enthusiast. She has been working on a pressurized rocket filled with laughing gas. According to her design, if the atmospheric pressure exerted on the rocket is less than 10 ...
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What are the parameters of a parabola

In the following figure I understand the $bx+c$ part. It is simply the equation of a line. But I don't understand where did $ax^2$ came from? What exactly is it? What does $a$ tell us about a ...
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Find maximum of a system of equations

You have 300 meters of fencing with which to build two enclosures. One will be a square, and the other will be a rectangle where the length of the base is exactly twice the length of the height. (a) ...
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Solve $x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$

Solve for real $x$ $$x^{3}-3x=\sqrt{x+2}$$ By inspection, $x=2$ is a root of this equation. So, I squared both sides and divided the six degree polynomial obtained by $x-2$. Then I got a ...
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How do you factor a quadratic expression, without using the formula?

I am asked to factor $2x^2 -3x+1=0 $ using factorization, but I run into fractions, and it becomes very messy and complicated to deal with, especially since specifically asked not to use the formula. ...
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How to solve the following? $ x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $.

Find all the real solutions of $$x^3+1=2{(2x-1)}^{1/3} $$ I tried to cube both sides but got messed up with a nine degree equation! Please help. Thanks in advance!
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If $P(x) = ax^2 + bx + c$ and $Q(x) = -ax^2 + dx + c$, then prove that $P(x) \cdot Q(x) = 0$ has at least two real roots?

How should i solve the same? I assumed the roots be $ \alpha, \beta $ for $ P(x) $ and $ \gamma, \delta $ for $ Q(x) $. Product of roots turn out to be of the opposite signs, being $$ \alpha \cdot ...
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Find values of the parameter a so that equation has equal roots.

$x^2+2a\sqrt{a^2-3}x+4=0$ My final result was 2 and -0.5. Was it correct?
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how should i go about solving the following problem??

$f(n)=a^n-b^n$ where $a$ and $b$ are roots of the following equation .$$5x^2-2x+1=0$$ Then find the value of $$\frac{5f(10)+f(9)}{f(8)}$$ I realised we can use the 5 in the equation as $\frac{1}{ab}$ ...