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### Finding the discriminant and roots of a polynomial

How is the discriminant of a polynomial determined? I know that for a quadratic function, the roots (where $f(x)=0$) are found by $$x=\frac{-b\pm\sqrt{\Delta}}{2a}$$ and here $\Delta$ is the ...
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### Can we refer to the standard form of a quadratic equation as the general form as well?

I would like to know if we can refer to $$ax^2+bx+c=0$$ as the "general form" of a quadratic equation, or is it only called the standard form?
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### How do you know which substitutions to make to cancel out a term?

I am doing problem B45 from Ivan Niven's "Maxima and Minima Without Calculus" which says: "Consider the quadratic polynomial $f(x, y)=ax^2+2bxy+cy^2+dx+cy+k$ , where the coefficients are real ...
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### Solving inequalities, simplifying radicals, and factoring. (Pre calculus)

(Q.1) Solve for $x$ in $x^3 - 5x > 4x^2$ its a question in pre calculus for dummies workbook, chapter 2. The answer says: then factor the quadratic: $x(x-5)(x+1)>0$. Set your factors equal to ...
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Express $x(4-x)$ as the difference of two squares. I do not really quite sure what is meant by difference of two squares.
### If $a,b,c \in R$ such that $c \neq0$ If $x_1$ is a root of $a^2x^2+bx+c=0, x_2$ is a root of $a^2x^2-bx-c=0$ and $x_1 > x_2 >0$…
Problem : If $a,b,c \in R$ such that $c \neq0$ If $x_1$ is a root of $a^2x^2+bx+c=0, x_2$ is a root of $a^2x^2-bx-c=0$ and $x_1 > x_2 >0$ then the equation $a^2x^2+2bx+2c=0$ has roots $x_3$ ...