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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Convexity of Quadratic equation Inequality?

Solving an inequality of the form $x^TAx\geq0$ or $x^TAx\leq0$ is straightforward. I mean we have to check if A is positive semidefinite or negative semidefinite. But what would be the solution to the ...
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Question on quadratic problem set

Okay so I have a quadratic function problem. I will omit the problem for now just because we don't really need it. My problem is: M is surface area. Do I have to write M(x, y) or just M in the area ...
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Is this quadratic word problem correct so far?

I'm a little confused as to how to solve this word problem I have. The problem is: A rectangular box (with a top) has a square base. The sum of the lengths of its edges is 8 feet. What dimensions ...
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How to show $\frac{300}{v} - \frac{300}{v+20} = 1.25$

A man travels a distance of $300$ km. On his return journey his average speed increased by $20$ km/h and his journey time decreased by $1\frac{1}{4}$ hours. If $v$ is the average speed of his outward ...
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Determine the of p and other roots. [closed]

One of the roots of $3x^2 + p =5x$, is $2$. Determine the value of $p$ and the other root.
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Linear Regression to quadratic function

What is the optimal linear regression (w and w/o y-intercept) for a quadratic curve w.r.t. mean square error. Mathematically speaking: Given, $$y = x^2$$ for $$x = [-a,a]$$. What is the best ...
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Help in understanding quadratic equation

Sorry if this is a complete dummy question, but I haven't done math in years and I'm quite rusty. I'm reading this explanation of least squares regression, which internally uses the quadratic equation ...
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is there an analytic solution to $n^2+kn-d=m^2$ m,n integers

For $k=24,d=-17;m=8,n=3$, completing the square gives $(12+n)^2=m^2+161$ Where $161$ just happens to be the product of two primes $(q=7,p=23)$, so for large $k,m,n$ factoring may be very slow. ...
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Simplifying $\{ x \in \mathbb{R} : x^2 - x - 6 \geq 0 \}$ when possible

Simplify the following interval notation when possible: $$\{ x \in \mathbb{R} : x^2 - x - 6 \geq 0 \}$$
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Find value of $k$

For what value of $k$, are the roots of the quadratic equation $$(k+4)x^2 + (k+1)x +1 = 0$$ equal.
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How to solve systems of equations with multiplication & addition.

So I have a system of equations: $$a + b = 12$$ $$a \cdot b = 36$$ In this case, $a$ and $b$ are both $6$, this can be easily done in your head. However, how can you scale this for larger problems?
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jenny farm and the dozen egg ???

Farmer Jenny decides to expand her business interests and starts to package and sell the eggs produced by her chooks to a local shop. The cost of producing $x$ dozen eggs per day is given by, in ...
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Solving a quadratic equation with precision when using floating point variables

I know how to solve a basic quadratic equation with the formula $t_{1,2}=\frac{-b\pm\sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$ but I learned that if $b\approx\sqrt{b^2-4ac}$ floating point precision may give slightly ...
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quadratic equation

If $\alpha$ is root of equation $x^2+x+1 = 0$ then find the value of $1+\alpha +\alpha^2+\alpha^3+\cdots+\alpha^{2010}$ Here I have put the value of $\alpha$ in the given equation to get $1+\alpha + ...
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Quadratic Equation relation between roots

If the ratio of the roots of the equation $x^2+px+q=0$ are equal to the ratio of the roots of the equation $x^2+bx+c=0$ , then prove that $p^2c=b^2q$ Let $\alpha \& \beta$ be the roots of first ...
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Quadratic Equation using surds property

$$\left(\sqrt{2+\sqrt{3}}\right)^x+\left(\sqrt{2-\sqrt{3}}\right)^x=2^x$$ Using property of surd can we simplify the above expression like: $$\left(\frac{\sqrt{3}+1}{\sqrt{2}}\right)^x ...
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Least value of $a$ for which at least one solution exists?

What is the least value of $a$ for which $$\frac{4}{\sin(x)}+\frac{1}{1-\sin(x)}=a$$ has atleast one solution in the interval $(0,\frac{\pi}{2})$? I first calculate $f'(x)$ and put it equal to $0$ to ...
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Values of $a$ for which $(a+4)x^2-2ax+2a-6 <0$ for all $x \in R$

How can we find all values of $a$ for which the inequality $(a+4)x^2-2ax+2a-6 <0$ is satisfied for all $x \in R$? For the given condition, $D >0$, therefore $ (-2a)^2-4(2a-6)(a+4) >0$. ...
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quadratic equation - nature of roots

For what values of a does the equation $$x^2-( 2^a-1)x-3(4^{a-1}2^{a-2})=0$$ possess real roots? Since the roots are to be real that means the discriminant should be $\geq 0$ $$\Rightarrow ...
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When finding the dilation factor of $y = 3(2x - 3)^2 - \frac{1}{4}$, why must the brackets be expanded?

When finding the dilation factor of $y = 3(2x - 3)^2 - \frac{1}{4}$, why must the brackets be expanded? Why can't the outside factor of $3$ simply be used for the dilation factor from the ...
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Equation in the real world

Does a quadratic equation like $x^2 - ax + y = 0$ describe anything in the real world? (I want to know, if there is something in the same way that $x^2$ is describing a square.)
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Question about linearization

Given a data matrix $D\in\mathbb{R}^{N \times N}$ Can one construct another matrix $M$ that for all permutation matrices $Q^A$,$Q^B$, if $[\sum_i\sum_j (Q^A_{ij}D_{ij})]^2 \geq [\sum_i\sum_j ...
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Find the value of $x_1^6 +x_2^6$ of this quadratic equation without solving it

I got this question for homework and I've never seen anything similar to it. Solve for $x_1^6+x_2^6$ for the following quadratic equation where $x_1$ and $x_2$ are the two real roots and $x_1 > ...
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Finding descent direction of quadratic function

I have a quadratic function: $f(x) = 24x_1+14x_2+x_1x_2$ and point $x_0 = (2,10)^T$ with $f(x_0) = 208$ And the first question is "give descent direction r in $x_0$" The second question "is f convex ...
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Solving for the length of a side of a triangle

I have a problem in which I'm supposed to solve for the length of the two sides of the triangle below. I assumed that it would simply boil down to $x+5=\sqrt{4x+52}$, and converted to standard form, ...
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Find value of $k$ for which the equation has real roots

What can be the value of $k$ for which the equation $9x^2+2kx-1=0$ has real roots? Things should be known When the quadratic equation has real roots, then $d=b^2-4ac \ge 0$ . Where ...
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If both roots of the Quadratic Equation are similar then prove that

If both roots of the equation $(a-b)x^2+(b-c)x+(c-a)=0$ are equal, prove that $2a=b+c$. Things should be known: Roots of a Quadratic Equations can be identified by: The roots can be ...
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Difference between fields $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}]$ and $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2},\sqrt{3}]$? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is $\mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}) = \mathbf{Q}(\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3})$? How would one describe elements from $\mathbb{Q}[\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}]$ and ...
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Simple question regarding factoring quadratics

Say we have an equation $ax^2 + bx - c = 0$ and want to find $x$. Obviously the way to solve would be to use the quadratic equation or factorize. I understand that saying $$ax^2 + bx = c => x(ax + ...
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Modular Quadratic Formula

How can I solve quadratic equations using modular arithmetic? E.g. $$2x^2 + 8x + 2 = 0 \pmod{23}$$ N.b. I have changed the figures from those in my homework question because I don't want a solution ...
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Scale change on Quadratic

Consider the two functions $f(x)=ax^2$ and $g(x)=bx^2$. Using this transformation form $T(x,y)=(cx,cy)$, find a scale change that maps $f(x)$ onto $g(x)$
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How to solve systems of three equations?

Either I forgot or never did learn to do it well. I need to solve the following system: $$9a+3b+c=0$$ $$25a-5b+c=0$$ $$a-b+c=12$$ Google shows me this page with some instructions: ...
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Solving a quadratic equation via a tangent half-angle formula

(Maybe I'll post my own answer here, but maybe others will make that redundant.) This is a fun (?) trivia item that fell out of a bit of geometry I was thinking about. One of the tangent half-angle ...
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$(a - 1)x^2+3(a + 1)x+4(a - 1) = 0$ has real solutions iff $7a^2 - 50a + 7\leq 0 $

How can we show that $(a - 1)x^2+3(a + 1)x+4(a - 1) = 0$ has real solutions if and only if $7a^2 - 50a + 7\leq 0$? I know these are quadratics and can solve them, but I'm not entirely sure what the ...
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Relationship Between Roots and Coefficients of a Quadratic

To prove this lemma I use the relationship between roots and coefficients of a quadratic equation but did not get the result. Please help me prove this lemma. If ‎‎ $ - ‎\theta‎‎_{2}x^2 - ‎ ...
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Finding coefficients of quadratic given one tangent and point on the curve

I am given a quadratic equation: $$ y = Ax^2 + Bx + C $$ that passes through $(1,3)$ and $(2,3)$, and a tangent to the curve is $x - y + 1 = 0$ at $(2.3)$. How do I find $A$, $B$, and $C$? The ...
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Factorising a quadratic equation

I've just started studying for an A-Level in Mathematics. This is probably a simple question but when I factorized the quadratic equation $15x^2+42x-9$ I took out the common factor $3$ to get ...
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What is the Logic to be used for Solving this Problem?

I came across the following in a quiz contest qualification test: $$x = 2 + {1\over 2+ {\cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{1}{2+\cfrac{1}{\ddots}}}}}$$ Find the value of: $$\frac{3x^2+5x -3}{2x^2 -4x+5}$$ Now, I know ...
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Identifying Quadratic equations from collected information

A girl can row her boat at $5 km/h$ in still water. If she takes $1$ hour more to row the boat $5.2 km$ upstream then to return downstream, find the speed of the stream. What I had done so far: Let, ...
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Right Triangle Hypotenuse in a right triangle (Quadratic Equation)

The hypotenuse of a right triangle is $5 m$ if the smaller is doubles and longer is triples the new hypotenuse is $6\sqrt{5} m$. FInd the sides of the triangle. What I found so far: After coming up ...
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Quadratic Equation Problem [closed]

A car covers distance of 1592cm. The number of hours taken for the journey is 1 half the number representing the speed in km/h. Find the time taken to cover distance. Hint: We will have to use the ...
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Show $x^2 +xy-y^2 = 0$ is only true when $x$ & $y$ are zero.

Show that it is impossible to find non-zero integers $x$ and $y$ satisfying $x^2 +xy-y^2 = 0$.
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When is the given function positive

I have to find the value of $x$ for which the given function is positive \begin{align} \alpha +\beta x + \sqrt{ax^2+bx+c} \end{align} I know that $ax^2+bx+c$ is always positive. Given conditions, ...
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Finding the fixed point

Trying to solve this question, got this answer but have a gut feeling that this might not be the way to do it, by the way this topic is related to fixedpoints The solution that I came up with
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How do you find the vertex of a (Bézier) quadratic curve?

Before I elaborate, I do not mean a quadratic function! I mean a quadratic curve as seen here. With these curves, you are given 3 points: the starting point, the control point, and the ending point. I ...
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Find the number of values of $a$?

Consider a quadratic equation; $$ x^2 + 7x – 14(a^2 + 1) = 0,$$ … (where $a$ is an integer) For how many different value of $a$, the equation will have at least one integer root? I found out its ...
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Solve $5a^2 - 4ab - b^2 + 9 = 0$, $ - 21a^2 - 10ab + 40a - b^2 + 8b - 12 = 0$

Solve $\left\{\begin{matrix} 5a^2 - 4ab - b^2 + 9 = 0\\ - 21a^2 - 10ab + 40a - b^2 + 8b - 12 = 0. \end{matrix}\right.$ I know that we can use quadratic equation twice, but then we'll get some ...
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An airplane makes a 990 km flight with a tailwind and returns, flying into the same wind.

An airplane makes a 990 km flight with a tailwind and returns, flying into the same wind.The total flying time is 3 hrs 20 mins and the airplanes speed in still air is 600 km/h what is the speed of ...
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Solving for x with exponents (algebra)

So I am trying to help a friend do her homework and I am a bit stuck. $$8x+3 = 3x^2$$ I can look at this and see that the answer is $3$, but I am having a hard time remembering how to solve for $x$ ...
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Finding the Extrema of a Function (without differetiation)

$$ (t^2-t+1)/(t^2+t+1) $$ prove that the function is upper bounded by 3 and lower bounded by 1/3 without differentiation