Questions on quadratic equations, second degree polynomials usually in the forms $y=ax^2+bx+c$, $y=a(x-h)^2+k$ or $y=a(bx+c)(cx+d)$.

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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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How do I factor this quadratic?

I'm going through the AoPS Algebra book, and I'm on the quadratics section. I'm given this challenge question: $ \displaystyle 2x^2 + 7x(\sqrt{3}) + 9 = 0$ And I have to solve for ...
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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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Quadratic equations ..

The set of non-zero values of k such that the equation $|x^2-10x+9| =kx$ is satisfied by atleast one and atmost three values of x, lies in _. The answer is $(-\infty, -16] \cup [4 , \infty) $. How ...
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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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Quadratic equation not equal to zero (solving a matrix with a parameter)

I came across this in my matrix module, learning about number of solutions when the matrix has parameters. $$ \left[ \begin{array}{ccc|c} 1 & ...
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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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Difference between Half Quadratic vs Quadratic

Half quadratic minimization/penalty/optimization, I am unable to find any related material/resources. If anyone can point to some useful resources, it will be great
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Check if a point is within a quadratic surface (with arbitrary rotation)

Is there a general way to check whether a point is on a quadratic surface given that the principal axes do not need to coincide with the coordinate axes and that the quadric's centroid does not need ...
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One root of the equation $x^2-(r+3)x+(5r-3)=0$ is twice the other root. Find the two possible values of r. [closed]

One root of the equation $x^2-(r+3)x+(5r-3)=0$ is twice the other root. Find the two possible values of $r$. I need help with this question, thank you.
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Can I perform the quadratic formula on polynomial with complex coefficient?

2 weeks ago, we had a Math test on complex number. One of the question was: Let $z=x+iy$ be a non-zero complex number, where $x,y \in \mathbb{R}$. Given that $z+\frac{1}{z} = k$, where $k$ ...
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Cross section of parabolic satellite in Quadratic Functions

A parabolic satellite dish has a cross section that can be modelled by the equation $$y = 0.05\,x^2.$$ While still in the shipping yard, the dish fills with rain. The rain forms a circular puddle with ...
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Absolute value quadratic inequalities not the usual?

$ | -x^2 + 6x | \gt 13 $,for example. I would start off solving $ -x^2 + 6x = \pm 13 $ and either get 4 solutions, 3 solutions or two simply do the the nature of the graph. Without knowing if the two ...
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Where did $-4x$ come from?

I'm going over my quadratic equations for the ACT and I came across this quadratic: $$(x – 2)^2 – 12$$ My teacher said we could have factored it out into this: $$x^2 – 4x – 8$$ But I just don't ...
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Finding parametric distance on quadratic curve from given $(x,y)$ point

I want to get the parametric distance (the "$t$" value) at a location on a quadratic Bezier curve, given the "$x$" and "$y$" coordinates of the point. I have start point, end point and control point ...
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where am I going wrong with solving this equation?

solve $z^2=2e^{5{\pi}i/6}$. Well, clearly $z={\sqrt{2}}e^{5{\pi}i/12}$ is a root so its' conjugate $z={\sqrt{2}}e^{-5{\pi}i/12}$ is the other root. But I can also argue ...
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Solving awkward quadratic equation to obtain “nice” solution.

I would like to solve the following quadratic equation to get a "nice" analytic solution for $\rho$. $\rho^2(r\sin\theta-2nr^2)+\rho(2nr^3-2r^2\sin\theta-2\sin\theta+2nr)-2nr^2+3r\sin\theta=0$ where ...
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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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finding an quadratic equation by the roots & another equation?

I am new to this site & doesn't know any rules & regulations. So sorry if I am doing any mistake. the question is stated as follows. I. $\alpha$ and $\beta$ are the roots of the equation ...
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Setup Quadratic Word Problem

I need help setting up this quadratic word problem, I have no idea where to start. Among all pairs of (real) numbers whose sum is 17, find a pair whose product is as large as possible. What is the ...
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Computing question: A quadratic which gives primes [closed]

This is about Project Euler Problem 27. The question is: Considering quadratics of the form $n^2 + an + b$, where $\lvert a \rvert < 1000$ and $\lvert b \rvert < 1000$ Find the product ...
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how to solve this quadratic equation

$n^2-4n+2=0$ I have tried many things for this but I cant resolve the roots here $n$ should be a positive whole number as it stands for time.
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Quadratics Word Problem

The path of a football flying through the air can be modelled by a quadratic equation. The football reaches the ground after 12 seconds in flight and is kicked from a height of 1 meter. The parabola ...
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Given the equation of the parabola, for what values of $t$ will the quadratics have $0$, $1$, or $2$ solutions?

Given the equation of the parabola, for what values of $t$ will the quadratics have $0$, $1$, or $2$ solutions? Equation: $$0 = 3x^2 + tx + 10$$ Can you please explain the answer in simple terms, ...
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Smallest value of function on a line

Problem : If the point $(\alpha, \beta)$ lies on the line $2x+3y=6$, the smallest value of $\alpha^2+\beta^2$ is (a) $36/13$ (b) $6\sqrt{13}/13$ (c) $6$ (d) $13$ Solution : Since ...
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Modulo Quadratic Polynomials

Can you, given a large number N, find a, b, c such that ax^2 + bx + c = 0 has at least N roots? All of this is in any mod you choose.
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Show that this expression is a perfect square?

Show that this expression is a perfect square? $(b^2 + 3a^2 )^2 - 4 ab*(2b^2 - ab - 6a^2)$
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What is a complex constant and how do I use it?

I have a question I am trying to understand: "Let $b$ and $c$ be complex constants such that $z^2+bz+c=0$ has two different real roots. Show that $b$ and $c$ are real." My biggest problem here is ...
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Quadratic Congruence in $\mathbb Z/2^n \mathbb Z$

Given the congruence $ax^2+bx+c \equiv 0 \pmod {2^n}$, how precisely does one go about finding its roots? I'm comfortable with quadratic congruence mod n with n odd, but 2's lack of a multiplicative ...
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How do I solve: $6(x^2+2)<17x$

How do I solve this kinds of inequality. I can do it if all the 'x' is in one side. However, this one have x at both sides of the equation. And we don't know whether it's a positive or negative value. ...
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Solution to a System of Quadratic Equations

Problem: Solve for the values of a, b Equation 1: $$(x_1-a)^2+(y_1-b)=r^2$$ Equation 2: $$(x_2-a)^2+(y_2-b)^2=r^2$$ Where, $x_1, x_2, y_1, y_2$ and $r$ are all constant values For the ...
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How to implement a numerically stable solution of a quadratic equation?

Solving $a x^2 + bx +c=0$ for $x$ gives $x = \frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ for $a \ne 0$. But for $a = 0$ we get $x=-\frac{c}{b}$. How to implement a numerically stable algorithm computing ...
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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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How to obtain root of this quadratic equation

I got this quadratic equation in a problem $T^2 - 2T - 40 = 0$, but i am unable to find the roots of this equation. Is any other concept hidden in this equation? Please help. I am basically a Bipc ...
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can i solve this quadratic equation this way

I was basically doing a physics problem and came across this equation in midway $\dfrac{2n-1}{n^2} = \dfrac{11}{36}$ then I equated $2n-1 = 11$ and $n^2 = 36$ and the value of $n$ which I got is ...
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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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Distribution of integer solution pairs (x,y) for $2x^2 = y^2 + y$

I am looking for integer pairs $(x,y)$ that respect $$2x^2 = y^2 + y$$ For example $(6,8)$ is a solution for that. Simple solution is to enumerate on $x$ or $y$ and test if the corresponding ...
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Find domain of function with quadratic numerator algebraically

I'm stuck on this problem: $$f(x) = \frac{x^2 -4}{x}$$ I need to determine why this function's domain is not: $$\{x|x \neq \pm 2\}$$ All of the examples that I've seen have the quadratic in the ...
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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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Finding the probability an equation has real roots.

If $Q$~UNIF$(0,3)$, find the probability that the roots of the equation $g(t)=0$ are real, where $g(t)=4t^2+4Qt+Q+2$. There was a similar question asked that I looked at, but I am still a little ...
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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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system of two quadratic equations with two variables

Is there a general way to solve exactly a system of this shape (the $a_i$ are constants): $$\begin{array}{cc}a_1x^2+a_2x+a_3y^2+a_4y+a_5=0\\ a_6xy+a_7x+a_8y+a_9=0 \end{array} $$ It comes from a ...
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When is $(x+3)^2$ equal to $x^2 +9$?

http://matheducators.stackexchange.com/a/1400/775 Someone commented that the equation in the above answer might sometimes be correct after I commented a correction (feel free to rewrite it ...
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Nonlinear first order ODE with quadratic in the derivative

This equation shouldn't be so hard, and yet I'm stymied. $$ \left( \frac{dw}{dz} \right )^2 + \alpha \frac{dw}{dz} + w \beta = 0 $$ with $w(0) = w_0>0$ $w(L) = 0$ for some known L and ...
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Type of this Conic section

I want to determine, to which type the following Conic sections belong to: $$ \begin{align} \textrm{(i)}&\quad-8x^2+12xy-6x+8y^2-18y+8=0\\ \textrm{(ii)}&\quad5x^2-8xy+2x+5y^2+2y+1=0 ...