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 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 Formula for complex variable with real coefficients

I have been upto proving the following $$(\forall x\in \mathbb C, ax^2 + b x + c = 0) \land(a\neq0)\Leftrightarrow (x = {\frac {-b \pm \sqrt{b^{2}-4ac}} {2a}})$$ Due to equality we need to proof bi ...
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Finding x using the pythagoras theorem

$$x^2 = (x+1)^2 + (x-7)^2$$ can someone please find $x$? Also this is a quadratic equation problem solving question.
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Consider a quadratic equation

$x^2-2(a+1)x+3a+2=0$ Where a is any real number. Find all values of a so that the equation has two distinct real roots. I tried solving for a by using the inequality $b^2-4ac\gt0$... but when i ...
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what would be the way to solve a system of equations like this one?

Solve: $xy=-30$ $x+y=13$ {15, -2} is a particular solution, but, how would I know if is the only solution, or what would be the way to solve this without "guessing" ?
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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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Equation with the discriminant

I'm stuck on my maths homework, and would appreciate help. The question is: Show that if the equation $(m + n)x^2 - 2mnx - (m-n) = 0$ has equal roots, then $$m^2 = \frac{n^2}{1-n^2}$$ I've worked ...
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What is the relationship between three points on a quadratic curve and the curves coefficients?

In other words, is there a formula to get the coefficients a,b and c in terms of three points $(x_1,y_1)$, $(x_2,y_2)$ and $(x_3, y_3)$? I am asking this because I have a linear algebra problem that ...
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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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Quadratic Equation Algorithm

I need help for developing an algorithm. I'm drawing a given amount of line segments and I want them to decrese in length the more they get close to amount/2 and then to grow again until they reach ...
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Can one solve this system of qudratic equations unambigiously?

Given the parameters $p_1, p_2, p_3$ I want to know if the following system can be solved: $p_1 a + p_2 c + ef = 0\\ p_1 b + cd + p_3 f = 0\\ ab + p_2 d + p_3 f = 0\\ p_1^2 +a^2+b^2=1\\ ...
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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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Quadratic Equation Inequality

What is relation between a and b in below equations (I and II) - I. $9a^2+18a+5=0$ II. $2b^2+13b+20=0$ Options - ...
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Quadratic Prime

We had received some questions on Quadratic equations, But I wasnt able to do one. Here it goes: Let $a,b$ be natural numbers $a>1$. Also, $p$ is a prime number. If $ax^2+bx+c=p$ for 2 distinct ...
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First degree or second degree quadratic equation?

$X-\sqrt{121}= 0$ $Y^2-121=0$ When I try to solve by squaring on both sides the first equation changes to $X^2-121 =0$, where $x = \pm 11$. When I try to solve it this way: $x= \sqrt{121} = +11$, ...
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How to Find The Roots of this Quadratic Given Sum & Product

My question is: The sum of the roots of a quadratic is $55/72$, and the products of the roots is $-25/12$. Find the roots. How I'm trying to do it so far: (Also, please correct my thought process if ...
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Solve the equation $x^2+bx+c+t\log(x)=0$

There is a explicit formula to solve the equation $x^2+bx+c+t\log(x)=0$ with the constraint $x>0$?
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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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Problem involving a quadratic

This is the equation : $mx^2-(4m-1)x+3m-2=0 $ We are asked to find a relationship between the roots that doesn't involve the 'm' parameter. Therefore, I thought the key to achieving this was making ...
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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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Quadratic formula and factoring are leading to different answers

$$x^{ 2 }-2x-15=0$$ By factoring, I get: $$(x-5)(x+3)$$ Which has the solutions: $$x=5, x=-3$$ However when I use the quadratic formula (which is what the book saids to use), I get $$\frac { 2 ...
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How to solve the system of equations $y= 5x^2-2x$ and $y=10x+9 $?

I am trying to solve this system of equations $y= 5x^2-2x$ and $y=10x+9$. I have worked the problem out and I am lost could someone please explain it? I have a test tomorrow over this information.
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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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Finding the points where a circle intersects an axis

A circle has the equation: x²+y²+4x-2y-11 = 0 What would be the coordinates of the points where the circle intersects with the y-axis and how would you calculate it?
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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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Sequences and series

If $p, q, r$ are in G.P. and the equations: $$px^2 + 2qx + r = 0$$ $$dx^2 + 2ex + f = 0$$ Have a common root, then show that $$\frac{d}{p}, \frac{e}{q}, \frac{f}r$$ are in A.P. Well I tried taking ...
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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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Quadratic Equations and factorized form

I have trouble understanding why: Given the equation $x^2+4x-21=0$, the solution given is $(x+7)(x-3)=0$ in its factorization form. Using quadratic equations, $$ x = \frac{-b\pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a} ...
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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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What's wrong with my accelerated motion equations?

I'm trying to solve these accelerated motion equations for velocity but I'm getting strange solutions with lower final velocities when using higher initial velocities, which doesn't make sense to me ...
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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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If $ w_1 $and $ w_2 $ are the roots of $w^2-2sw+t=0$, then $|w_1|=|w_2|\iff 0<s^2/t\le1$

Let $s$ and $t$ be two complex numbers not equal $0$, $ w_1 $and $ w_2 $ are solutions to this equation $$w^2-2sw+t=0$$ How can prove this equivalence ? $$|w_1|=|w_2|\iff 0<\dfrac{s^2}{t}\le1$$. ...
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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 ...